|The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is saddened to learn of the shooting of male Whooping Crane #6-05 from the eastern migratory population. Number 6-05 was found dead on December 30 near Crothersville, Indiana. He was paired with DAR (Direct Autumn Release) Whooping Crane #37-09. Number 6-05 is the eighth Whooping Crane to be senselessly shot in the past year (two were shot in the non-migratory population in Louisiana and six in the eastern migratory population).
“Given all the losses this past year, ICF will be focusing our education and outreach efforts on public awareness, hunter education and responsible stewardship of Whooping Cranes,” said Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President and CEO of ICF. “Despite this awful incident, we remain firmly committed with our partners to the future of these extraordinary birds.”
A reward is being offered for any information leading to the prosecution of the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information should call the Indiana Department of Natural Resources 24-hour hotline at: 1-800 TIP IDNR (800-847-4367).
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