Lakota was taken to UCD for necropsy, and initial results show that she had a small circular puncture wound near her vertebrae which extended into her lungs. No foreign object was found. While we will never know the exact cause of the injury, it may have been from a "natural" source.... another raptor.
I last saw Lakota, Sunday morning, rising up from Kirby Cove. She circled up from the groves of eucalyptus/pines/cypress and was so high in the sky that she became a little speck.... a true hawk dot. Although there were no other raptors in the sky, I hoped she would glide across the Gate and continue her southern movement. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and her journey ended here, in the Bay Area.