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.