The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was reviewing an application for a permit to kill two endangered Hawaiian fish after an eagle-eyed observer noticed that a fish in one was missing an ear.
The Fish and Game Department’s Fish and Plant Conservation Division said on its Facebook page that the eagle-eye observation came in early July.
A review of the application will begin Monday.
The fish, an endangered endangered species, were in a breeding group known as the Red-winged Sparrowhawk.
It was a protected species under the Endangered Species Act.
The department said it is currently reviewing the application.