PITTSBURG, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is asking for help from the public in solving the shooting of a federally protected loon in a lake in the town of Pittsburg.READ MORE: Lawrence Shooting Leaves 1 Dead
The bird was found in late August in Back Lake after its condition was reported to state officials.
Regional Wildlife Biologist Will Staats says the bird was incapacitated to the point that he could reach under a dock and pick it up.
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The bird was later euthanized.
In addition to being protected by state law, loons are also federally protected.
The penalties for taking or attempting to take a loon can include a fine of up to $250,000.MORE NEWS: SMU, Virginia Meet In First Fenway Park D-1 Bowl Game
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