NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for killing an endangered whooping crane has increased to $10,000.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says donations from various groups doubled an earlier reward.
The crane’s body was found in Jefferson Davis Parish in November.
A necropsy determined the crane had been shot that day or the previous day.
The department says $6,000 is also still being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of whoever killed a whooping crane in November 2018.
Nearly 160 birds have been released in Louisiana, where the flock now numbers about 75.