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Reward offered for shootings of threatened species in NH

A loon, similar to the ones shot to death in NH.
A loon, similar to the ones shot to death in NH.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / public domain

Update: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also offering a $5,000 reward, according to WCVB.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest regarding the shootings of two loons in New Hampshire, according to CBS Local Boston.

Loons are a threatened species and are protected by federal and state law. Harming or attempting to harm a loon is a misdemeanor.

One loon was found shot to death near Lake Winnipesaukee and the second loon was found injured by gunshot near Cocheco River. The injured loon was taken care of and released back into its natural habitat. Unfortunately, it succumbed to its injuries and was later found dead, according to WBZ4.

Officials are fairly certain the loons were shot on purpose since hunting season for ducks is over and the loons were shot with a regular bullet, as opposed to birdshot.

Anyone with information is urged to call Special Agent Robert Rothe from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 603-223-2541, New Hampshire Fish and Game at 603-271-3361 or 800-344-4262, or report it at

Threatened species shot and killed, NH Fish and Game need help

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