The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for the alleged tampering with a state-endangered piping plover nest in Hampton Beach last month.
Authorities believe two piping plover eggs may have been illegally removed from an active nest between the evening of Friday July 15 and the morning of Saturday July 16, the department said Monday. The nest is located in the northern part of Hampton Beach, across from Ron’s Landing Restaurant.
“Early Saturday morning, biologists from the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program documented footprints inside the fenced area starting at the dike and leading directly to the nest when the eggs were discovered missing,” said the department in a Facebook post.
Piping Plovers are small, sand-colored shorebirds that nest on coastal beaches and around dunes during the summer. They are considered “endangered” in New Hampshire and are listed as “threatened” on the Massachusetts and federal endangered species lists.
Anyone with information should contact Operation Game Thief online or at 1-800-344-4262.
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