BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced recently that 11 young whooping cranes have arrived in Louisiana, where biologists hope to establish a self-sustaining flock.
With the addition of the eight females and three males, Louisiana's whooping crane population increases to 46.
The cranes, which hatched in early May through mid-June, were raised at a wildlife research center in Laurel, Md., and flown to Jennings, La., by the Windway Capital Corporation.
A state wildlife spokesman says the birds will live temporarily at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, then be released to join older birds in the wild.
Wildlife officials say hunters, fishermen and anyone who spends time in the marshes and rice fields of Louisiana is reminded that whooping cranes in Louisiana are still protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and cannot be pursued, harassed, captured or killed.