Reward Offered for Information on Shot Whooping Crane

A reward is being offered for information on a whooping crane being shot in Greene County, Indiana.

Indiana Conservation Officers say they have partnered with Indiana Turn in a Poacher (T.I.P.), Friends of Goose Pond, and International Crane Foundation to officer a reward of $6,500 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for shooting and killing a whooping crane.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says an International Crane Foundation volunteer found the crane near Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife area on January 3. The carcass has been sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon for further testing.

Whooping cranes have been classified as endangered since 1967. The National Wildlife Federation reports the population fell to only 15 individuals in the 1940's. Conservationists have since worked to protect the bird and encourage breeding. They have since raised the number of whooping cranes slowly to about 600.

Indiana Conservation Officers are collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) to investigate the crime.


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