(Baton Rouge, La.) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that the male whooping crane found wounded on Feb. 7 in Jefferson Davis Parish was humanely euthanized at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine this morning, Feb. 19.
LDWF agents believe the male crane, along with a female, were shot on Feb. 6. The female crane was found dead at the scene. The whooping cranes were found near the corner of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road just north of Roanoke, about five miles north of Interstate 10 on Feb. 7.
The male whooping crane was brought to the LSU SVM’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital by LDWF staff on Feb. 8. LSU SVM’s staff determined a humerus and radius fracture through radiographs taken at that time. The bird underwent surgery on Feb. 9. There was a high risk of infection because the fractures were open, but the bird initially recovered well from surgery.
The crane’s condition began to deteriorate on Feb. 18 and had weakened to the point that any efforts to try to revive him would have exacerbated his condition. The bird was humanely euthanized at the LSU SVM this morning.
Veterinarians at LSU SVM and LDWF worked together on the bird’s recovery and will continue to work together to save Louisiana’s wildlife.
A $15,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons 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.
To learn more about LDWF’s whooping crane re-population project, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/whooping-cranes .