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Loon chicks are hatching on New Hampshire lakes

MOULTONBOROUGH (AP) — Loon chicks are hatching on lakes around New Hampshire, and that means people need to keep a watchful eye.

Last year, biologists for the Loon Preservation Committee recorded 234 loon chicks hatched, but 26 percent of them did not survive.

Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, including following adults with chicks.

As human activity increases on the lakes during the summer, people are asked to stay at least 150 feet away from adult loons with chicks. If the adult shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over the water, thrashing about or vocalizing, they need more space. Newly hatched chicks are small, dark and cannot easily dive.

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