2 Year Long Investigation in Whooping Crane Shooting

RAYNE, La. – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited a Louisiana man and a juvenile on April 3 in Acadia Parish for allegedly shooting two endangered whooping cranes.

After an almost two-year investigation, agents cited Kaenon A. Constantin, 25, and a juvenile from Rayne, for violating the Endangered Species Act, hunting from a public road and obstruction of justice.

The cranes were found just south of Rayne off of Hwy. 35 and Hains Hwy on the afternoon of May 20, 2016. The cranes were recovered and sent in for a necropsy, which revealed they were both shot.

Through the course of the investigation, agents determined that Constantin and the juvenile shot the two whooping cranes with .22 caliber rifles from an ATV on a public road.

Agents seized two .22 caliber rifles and an ATV in connection with the violations.

Violating the Endangered Species Act brings up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries up to a $15,000 fine and six months in jail.  Obstruction of justice brings up to 10 years in jail.

Wildlife and Fisheries has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 66 whooping cranes. The cranes, in this case, were released in December of 2015.

Source: http://www.katc.com/story/37924567/two-year-shooting-investigation-of-whooping-cranes-solved

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil April 11, 2018 9:45 pm

    Many thanks to the Dept of Wildlife agents. Through their dedication to this investigation and the enforcement of legal penalties, tragedies like this may be prevented in the future. Through education, and cause and effect prosecution, these beautiful cranes may one day live in peace with humanity.

  2. Calistus Holland April 11, 2018 10:56 am

    If the fines are meet will the juvenile be deemed an adult? In this case I think he should be. A big shout out to the LDW for the action taken!!!!!!

  3. Agneta April 11, 2018 6:17 am

    Agree with Barbara, and they should be banned from owning and/or using guns for life ! ! ! I think they should loose their driving licenses too ! ! !

  4. Bikebrains April 10, 2018 10:09 pm

    That $50,000 fine could help pay for raising 2019 chicks which would be fine with me. SORRY, I could not pass on the pun.

  5. Barbara April 10, 2018 8:22 pm

    Please let us know when these criminals are sent to jail. And I hope you…..OM…. puts in a claim for some of the fines. To me, its only fair. Thanks for the update.