Reward up to $10K for tips leading to whooping crane killer

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FILE – In this March 23, 2018 file photo, a whooping crane, a critically endangered species, flies away from its nest with eggs, in a crawfish pond in St. Landry Parish, La. There’s a $5,000 reward for information about whoever shot and killed an endangered whooping crane in southwest Louisiana in November 2019. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement spokesman Adam Einck says the crane’s body was found Nov. 15 in a rice and crawfish field in the town of Elton in Jefferson Davis Parish. A necropsy determined that it had been a shot and killed a day or two earlier. Einck says there’s also still a $6,000 reward out for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot a whooping crane in Acadia Parish in November 2018.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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.

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