HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities are trying to find out who shot two blue herons that had to be euthanized because of their wounds.
The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/Z1Hp3y) that a female blue heron was found in last month in Huntersville with her left wing bloody and hanging off her body. Two days later, a resident found the heron's mate with similar injuries.
Authorities say someone targeted the federally protected birds, which were euthanized last week. Huntersville police and North Carolina Wildlife Commission officers are investigating to find out who shot them.
Authorities are also trying to determine whether the same person is responsible for the shooting death of a third blue heron on the pond on Greenfarm Road in April 2012.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com
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