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Wildlife officials offering $1,000 reward for tips in falcon-killing case

By RYAN LESSARD
Union Leader correspondent

June 20. 2018 10:21PM




SALEM — Officials are offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for shooting and killing a peregrine falcon on May 5.

New Hampshire Operation Game Thief (NHOGT) Board of Directors issued the reward in partnership with New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris McKee, who is in charge of the investigation.

McKee’s investigation stalled after door-to-door interviews in the neighborhood of Twin Brook Avenue where the falcon was found.

The falcon was X-rayed to see if any bullet fragments could be found inside, but none were located.

No ballistics were recovered at the scene, but investigators believe the falcon was shot by a .22 caliber round.

The bird was one of several peregrine falcons to have hatched and fledged from the nest at the top of the Brady Sullivan Tower in Manchester, which has long had a webcam connected for live viewing. The male bird was banded by Audubon biologists in 2012.

Peregrine falcons are a protected species under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The NHOGT board also created a GoFundMe page called Operation Peregrine Falcon so the public can contribute to the award.

Members of the public who have any information about this case are encouraged to call the NHOGT hotline at 800-344-4262 or report online at nhogt.org.

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