Whooping Crane Shot To Death In Indiana

by Larry on December 9, 2009

Whooping Crane photo courtesy of International Crane Foundation

Identified by her leg band, the bird shot was the mother of “Wild-1″, the only Whooping Crane chick successfully hatched and migrated from captivity in 2006.  You can read the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) report here.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a minimum reward of $2,500 to the person or people who provide information leading to a conviction.  Anyone with information should call the Indiana Department of Natural Resources 24-hour hotline at: 1-800 TIP IDNR (800-847-4367), or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 317-346-7016. Callers can remain anonymous.

Operation Migration has been helping the Whooping Crane survive  since 2001.  You can help by clicking on the link to there website or the “I Give A Whoop” logo in the right sidebar.

I hope the person or persons responsible for this outrageous crime are caught and sentenced to the maximum punishment for what they have done.

To quote John Christian, USFWS Assistant Regional Director for Migratory Birds, “To kill and abandon one of 500 remaining members of a species shows a lack of reverence for life and an absence of simple common sense.  It is inconceivable that someone would have such little regard for conservation.”

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Jill December 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm

this literally makes me sick to my stomach.
.-= Jill´s last blog ..Mushrooms and Seals and Stuff =-.

ramblingwoods December 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Oh damn….It hasn’t been a good year for Operation Migration…the break-in and now this. This just makes me furious….just furious…. Michelle

Larry December 9, 2009 at 11:41 pm

@Jill me too. And disgusted

@Michelle I just don’t understand how people can do things like this. If some of you don’t know about the break-in and vandalism at the OM hanger, you can read a post about it here

ramblingwoods December 10, 2009 at 11:59 am

Larry thank you for the ID on my backyard hawk. I rarely see a red-tailed here so it is between Coopers and sharpies..But I have never seen a jay size sharpie, yet I have had female sharpies as Id by Cornell. I agree they should stand next to one another and pose….Michelle

Nicole December 11, 2009 at 11:41 am

The world is a sad place when things like this can happen :(
I so hope they find that a****** :(!
.-= Nicole´s last blog ..Tristram’s Grackle, Tristramstar, Onychognathus tristramii =-.

Gunnar Engblom December 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

Larry, Cranes are great birds. They are the kind of creatures that can make non-birders into birders.
.-= Gunnar Engblom´s last blog ..Do you want to go on a birding trip in Peru for FREE? =-.

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