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

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Two loons were recently shot at in Dover and Gilford, New Hampshire, and NH Fish and Game are asking the public for help in finding the persons responsible, according to the Concord Monitor. One loon was seriously injured and the other was killed, each within one week of each other. The common loon is considered a threatened species in New Hampshire and harming, or attempting to harm one is a misdemeanor.

One loon was discovered in a field near Cocheco River and immediately taken to emergency. X-rays showed the bird was shot. The wounded loon is recovering and will be released into its natural habitat once it has fully recovered.

The second loon was found dead near Lake Winnipesaukee. It was later confirmed that this loon had been shot as well.

The common loon is protected by state and federal law. Officials are investigating.

Anyone with any information should call New Hampshire Fish and Game at 603-271-3361 or 800-344-4262, or report it at www.huntnh.com/OGT.

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