Last November, someone found an injured crane near Pond River. Officials had to put the bird down. Because both birds wore radio transmitters, they were able to track down the body of its mate.
Whooping cranes are protected under federal law because they are endangered. Less than 500 of them live in the wild. Seven of them have been wintering in Kentucky this year.
If you have any information on who may have shot the birds, contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Department at 1-800-25-ALERT.