Update: Turkey Vulture Shot Through Back with Arrow

Bird was found in the parking lot of the Holmstead School Tuesday afternoon and rescuers believe the bird will live.

Authorities are attempting to rescue a turkey vulture seen with an arrow through it at the Holmstead School parking lot in Ridgewood Tuesday afternoon.

Carol Tyler, of Tyco Animal Control, told Patch at about 7 p.m. the bird was shot through its back with an arrow protruding out its breast.

"We're not sure how the arrow wound up in it," Tyler said. "We suspect foul play is involved."

The bird was initially discovered at the parking lot of the Holmstead School but is still flying from rooftop to rooftop as of 7 p.m., Carol said.

There's a minimum loss of blood, she said, adding that once caught, the turkey vulture will likely be able to be saved by a veterinarian.

"We have no information that any arrows were shot within Ridgewood," Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward told Patch. "It probably flew into Ridgewood."

Carol cautioned anyone who sees the bird to not make physical contact, but to call Tyco (201 652-4554) or the .

Around the time of the call, just past 5 p.m., three news helicopters hung low over the Central Business District.

Editor's note: This article was last updated at 7:09 p.m. to reflect comment from Tyco Animal Control. It has been altered to reflect that animal control authorities believe the bird can be saved.

Bo May 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Hope they get the moron who did this. Sooner or later he'll get tired of shooting at birds!
News Man May 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Wild turkeys always seem to be fair game in the wooded areas of Ridgewood. In fact you might have to avoid them on your local streets and hit one with your car.
James Kleimann May 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Story just updated to reflect comment from Tyco, who believe the bird will live if treated by a vet.
Doc Hatton May 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM
"We suspect foul play is involved"? Really? First, nice pun. Second, if not, as a psychologist in town should I prepare for a spate of vulture suicide attempts?
Moist Cake May 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM
You know who the real victim here is.... Joseph Pulitzer. 3 NYC News Helicopters, 2 breaking stories 1 breaking news banner and a complete story on a wild animal with an arrow is not news worthy in my opinion. Id rather have the media continue to make stories out of nothing then report on this, Im sure this will be the front page cover this Friday in the Ridgewood Rag,
Kathleen May 23, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I can't believe 3 helicopters were necessary for this -- thinking their was something much scarier happening and this makes NYC come out? So confounding.
Marcia Ringel May 23, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Has anyone, human or bird, ever committed suicide with an arrow to the back?
RdgwdGRock May 23, 2012 at 02:45 PM
the helicopters were hovering over the CBD to see how many stores were still open. vultures flock to the dead.
Paul May 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Golly, Gosh, Batman I thought it was Robin saving kids climbing over the closed bridge at the Ridgewood High School. HoHoKus Brook.


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