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LDWF offers $20,000 for info on whooping cranes shot in Jeff Davis

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that the reward for information related to the shooting of two whooping cranes in Jefferson Davis Parish has been increased to $20,000.

The birds were found on February 7 near the intersection of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road north of Roanoke. One bird, a female, was shot and killed. The other bird, a male, was shot and injured.

The male was taken to the LSU SVM's Veterinary Teaching Hospital for treatment. The male underwent surgery, and during recovery, his condition rapidly deteriorated, and he was euthanized on February 19, 2014.

The reward for information related to the case began at $1,000 and was later increased to $15,000. The reward is now $20,000.

Those with information in the case are encouraged to call the LDWF's Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program.

The LDWF says that there have been five confirmed deaths of whooping cranes due to firearms since efforts to restore the bird's population at the White Lake property nea Gueydan began in 2011.

Several organizations have contributed to the reward being offered, including the following: the Humane Society of the U.S., Dr. Ben Burton, the Louisiana Operation Game Thief Program, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Sara Simmonds, the Animal Welfare Institute, Operation Migration, Lake Charles Area Sportsmen, the International Crane Foundation, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Audubon Nature Institute, Zoo New England, King White, Lowry Park Zoo, Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, San Antonio Zoo, Joe Brooks and anonymous donors.

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