Reward Increased In Shooting Of Whooping Cranes
With the help of conservation and animal protection groups, the reward for information in the shootings of two whooping cranes has now more than doubled. According to an Associated Press report, the reward has climbed to more than $15,000. The increase comes after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service originally offered a $7,200 reward.
One of the cranes, was found injured in November, in Hopkins County, but was so badly injured that it had to be euthanized. The remains of the mate were found a couple of weeks later, in Muhlenberg County. Investigators believe that both cranes were shot in the same incident.
Whooping cranes, which are protected under endangered species laws, are the most at risk of any crane species. It is believed that currently there are fewer than 500 living in the wild in the United States.