REWARD offered in Louisiana Whooping crane death

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are looking for leads regarding a whooping crane that was found shot to death in Red River Parish.

The whooping crane was found and recovered from the bank of the Red River about two miles northwest of Loggy Bayou on April 16.  After a necropsy of the crane, it was determined that the bird was shot with a 6.5mm/.264 caliber projectile.

Investigators believe the bird was shot between April 10 and 14.  The whooping crane was a part of LDWF’s whooping crane reintroduction program and was fitted with a GPS tracking device.  The last tracking point of the crane moving was on April 10 near where she was eventually found dead on April 16.  The last tracking point received was on April 14 at the location she was found.

This whooping crane was released in Louisiana on March 14, 2011.

LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the USFWS are each offering up to $1,000 in rewards for a total of up to $3,000 in rewards for any information about this illegal shooting that leads to an arrest.  To report any information regarding this whooping crane shooting, please call 1-800-442-2511.

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  1. Margie Tomlinson May 22, 2013 11:45 am

    Hope they find the varmint that did this, and justice is done.

  2. jperilloux May 22, 2013 9:41 am

    Karen Anne, yes firearms can be traced by markings on the bullets. Since this is not a very common type of ammunition, I’m sure wildlife agents will have no trouble in tracking down the person who shot this whooping crane. By the way, although the reward is stated as $3,000, it is up to at least $4,000.

    • Karen Anne May 22, 2013 10:46 am

      I think that only works if they have the gun. So I was suggesting a registry, although I’m sure that idea will offend some people no end. But just imagine the number of crimes solved if that exists.

  3. Karen Anne May 22, 2013 5:38 am

    There ought to be some way to trace bullets. Perhaps by the markings gun barrels put on them.