Wildlife agents want to know who shot 2 whooping cranes

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JENNINGS, LA (WVUE) - Wildlife officials are looking for leads in the case of two whooping cranes that were found shot in Jefferson Davis Parish.  According to agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the cranes were discovered Friday morning in the small town of Roanoke, near Jennings.

The whooping cranes were found and recovered near the corner of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road just north of Roanoke about five miles north of Interstate 10.  One of the cranes, a female, was found dead.  The second crane, a male bird, was still alive, but suffering with an injured wing.

LDWF personnel were able to retrieve the injured male crane and bring it to LSU for treatment.  Agents believe that both  birds were shot with bird shot sometime on Thursday..

"Anytime we lose one of these cranes it sets us back in our efforts to restore the whooping crane population back to its historic levels in Louisiana," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  "These were once native birds to Louisiana and the department would like to see these cranes thrive again in the future with a sustainable population."

LDWF's Operation Game Thief program is offering up to a $1,000 reward 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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