Salem Police Search for Person Who Shot Federally Protected Falcon

May 9, 2018

The Salem, N.H., Police Department posted this photo of the peregrine falcon to the department's Facebook page to try to find the person who shot the bird.
Credit Salem, N.H, police

Police say someone shot and killed a federally-protected peregrine falcon that was found outside a home in Salem, New Hampshire.

The homeowner found the dead falcon in his front yard Saturday afternoon. Police say they think the bird was perched in a tree when it was shot, likely by a .22 caliber round. They were not able to recover the bullet.  They posted photos of the dead bird on the Salem Police Facebook page Wednesday.

Police say peregrine falcons are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and in New Hampshire, which makes the shooting a crime. The bird was being tracked through tags by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department is assisting the Salem Police Department in looking for a suspect.