Shot whooping crane euthanized
BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials said vets euthanized Wednesday an endangered whooping crane found shot earlier this month.
The crane was being cared for at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine after it and a deceased female crane were found shot on Feb. 7. Vets said the surviving crane recovered from its initial surgery well, but its condition had deteriorated to the point where attempting to revive it would have made things worse.
LDWF agents believe the cranes were shot Feb. 6, and said they were found near the corner of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road just north of Roanoke, which is about five miles north of I-10.
They offered a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for shooting the two whooping cranes. Anyone with information on this incident can contact LDWF's Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program.