CONCORD, NH (CBS) – New Hampshire authorities are asking the public to help identify people who have shot loons in two separate incidents this week.

Loons are protected by both state and federal law and in New Hampshire, the loon is listed as a threatened species, making it a misdemeanor to even attempt to injure or shoot a loon.

N.H. Fish and Game officials were told Tuesday that a loon was found wounded in a field near the Cocheco River in Dover. X-rays at veterinary hospital revealed the bird had been shot. The loon is being cared for and expected to be released back into the wild.

In a second incident the same day, another loon was found dead on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford near Varney Point. It was later confirmed that the loon had been shot.

N.H. Fish and Game conservation officers and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating both shootings. It has not been determined whether the two incidents are connected.

Fish and Game officials ask that anyone with information about the loon shootings contact them at 603-271-3361.



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