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June 4, 2014

Loons Shot in New Hampshire; Reward for Information

Officials seek help from the public with the investigation into the shooting of two common loons in New Hampshire; one in the vicinity of the Cocheco River in Dover, and the other on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered by The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shootings. 

Anyone with information regarding the shootings is asked to please contact Special Agent Robert Rothe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Concord, New Hampshire at 603-223-2541. Callers may remain anonymous.

Common loons are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which has maximum penalties of $15,000 with possible imprisonment of up to a year. In the state of New Hampshire, common loons are listed as a threatened species and protected under state laws.


USFWS: Special Agent Robert Rothe, 603-223-2541, Robert_Rothe@fws.gov

Public Affairs Specialist Catherine Hibbard, 413-253-8569, Catherine_Hibbard@fws.gov

HSUS: Media Contact Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org




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