Peregrine Falcon

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.

Courtesy Duncan Hull via Vlickr (https://flic.kr/p/bA7FsW)

For the past 20 years, peregrine falcons have shared the cliffs in Rumney with the rock-climbing community, and Chris Martin has been directing the monitoring of these birds since they arrived.  In addition to tracking the progress of the falcons as they emerged from their endangered status, Chris and the Forest Service work closely with the climbing community to support recreation and maintain the safety of the falcons.