Wildlife and Fisheries trying to preserve the species; male and female killed in north Jefferson Davis parish
LAFAYETE (KADN) — A fifteen-thousand dollar reward is still being offered for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting two whooping cranes earlier this month in north Jefferson Davis parish. A male and female were shot. The male was the last bird out of the first group of whooping cranes that were released in 2011.
"The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and our partners are trying to establish a viable population of whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana, and this last pair that was shot and killed were potentially a mating pair," says Captain Robert Buatt, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
We're told that whooping cranes are monogomous, meaning they have one mate for life and they only breed every three years. This was potentially a chance to grow the population that is now gone. Out of the fifty whooping cranes that were released from White Lake in Vermilion parish, there are only thirty-one left. Anyone with information on this incident can contact LDWF's Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program.