On May 5, 2018 a Peregrine Falcon was found dead at a home on Twin Brook Avenue in Salem, NH at approximately 4pm. It was identified as a male Peregrine Falcon that was hatched/fledged from Brady Sullivan Tower in Manchester in 2012 according to banding records. The falcon died of a single gunshot wound, from a small caliber firearm, that entered the birds breast and passed out the back of the bird. Due to the severity of the wound, death would have been almost immediate and it is not believed the bird traveled a significant distance. The falcon was x-rayed to determine whether any bullet fragments remained, none were found.
Conservation Officer Chris McKee has gone door to door in the neighborhood attempting to gain additional information that could lead to an arrest. No credible leads have been found to date and it is not known if anyone witnessed the shooting. He continues to make regular stops by these residences until he makes contact with the homeowners.
After consulting with CO McKee the Operation Game Thief Board of Directors have issued a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the violator. The Board has also established a GoFundMe page (Operation Peregrine Falcon) so the public can contribute to the reward amount if they wish. The public is encouraged to keep updated on the case via our Facebook page.
As always the individual is encouraged to turn himself in to law enforcement to avoid further penalties. If you have information on this case, you are urged to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-344-4262 or report online at www.nhogt.org. Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.
The incident remains under active investigation by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Dept., US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Salem Police Department.