As if the last month’s revelation of a pair of murdered Whooping Cranes wasn’t devastating enough, the bad news just keeps on coming. Another pair of Whoopers has been shot, this time in Louisiana. The female was killed but experts suggest the male will survive, although perhaps without the ability to fly. (Image above by AP Photo/Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.)
The pair was part of a project aimed at restoring the birds to Louisiana. (The pair shot last year in Kentucky belonged to Operation Migration’s project establishing a migratory flock in the eastern United States; there is also the last true wild flock, which winters in Texas and summers in Canada.) A reward of $1000 has been offered for information helping authorities track down the shooters; more info is here.
Seriously, hunters. (Or, rather, jerks who give the vast majority of ethical hunters a bad name.) Please get our endangered species out of your sights, and shoot something else.