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Posted: Thursday, 16 January 2014 8:50AM

Cranes Found Shot In Hopkins County



Two whooping cranes that died back in November in Hopkins County had apparently been shot. Officials with Operation Migration announced this week that the two endangered cranes were found in November. The male crane was already dead when it was discovered, while the female whooping crane was injured so badly that she had to be humanely put down. A necropsy conducted on the birds found bullet fragments in one.

The cranes were among those in a program that uses ultra-light airplanes to teach them how to migrate. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as conservation groups are coming up with a reward for information in the shooting. Reports indicate that officials do not believe that hunters are responsible for the deaths of the cranes, rather that it was the result of someone just shooting randomly at animals.

As of 2011, there were believed to be only 437 of the cranes in the wild and 165 in captivity.

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