In an effort to revive interest in this one year old case, the Indiana DNR released the following article recently:
Indiana and federal wildlife officials are looking for someone who shot a federally endangered whooping crane in southern Indiana’s Jackson County.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anyone with information about the 2011 shooting to call its Turn in a Poacher program. Whooping cranes are protected by the Endangered Species Act and other federal and state laws. Officials have offered rewards totaling $7,500.
The carcass of the rare bird was found Dec. 30, 2011 near the Muscatatuck River basin about 40 miles north of Louisville, Ky. Investigators say X-rays show the bird suffered a fatal shotgun wound. The bird was part of an effort to establish a flock on a migratory path between Wisconsin and Florida.
Whooping crane #6-05 hatched on May 2, 2005 and was a member of the ultralight aircraft guided cohort, which spent their first winter at the Chassahowitzka NWR before departing March 28, 2006 to fly unassisted back to Wisconsin. He continued to migrate successfully – twice annually – between Wisconsin and Florida before being fatally shot in December 2011. To learn more about this male crane who lived to only 6 years of age, visit Journey North.