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.

This image of #6-05 was captured during the southward aircraft-guided migration in 2005

This image of #6-05 was captured during the southward aircraft-guided migration in 2005

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.

Source: http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/indiana/Wildlife-agencies-seek-Ind-whooping-crane-killer_51165519

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.

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  1. John S. Perilloux January 22, 2013 8:48 am

    Let’s hope the monetary reward serves as an incentive to turn in the person who shot #6-05. However, given the very lenient treatment of the two juvenile delinquents who shot and killed two, and possibly three, reintroduced whooping cranes in Jefferson Davish Parish, Louisiana, I’m afraid the punishment would not be enough to make an impression on anyone.

  2. Warrenwesternpa January 22, 2013 7:44 am

    Wildlife Agencies seek Indiana Whooping Crane Killer, 22 Jan. 2013

    Heather: Thanks for posting. I’m glad to see that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are staying with this! Any reminder to the general public is welcome.