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  1. DComeaux

    DComeaux Senior Refuge Member

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    $9,000 Reward Offered for Information on Shooting of Endangered Whooping Cranes in Acadia Parish



    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents are still looking for information regarding two endangered whooping cranes that were shot to death in Acadia Parish on May 20, 2016.

    The cranes were found just south of Rayne off of Hwy. 35 and Hains Hwy. on the afternoon of May 20. The cranes were recovered and sent in for a necropsy, which revealed they were both shot.

    "We wanted to refresh this news release because we believe that there are people out there that know something about who shot these cranes," said Col. Sammy Martin, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "This has been an active investigation for almost two years now and while we do have leads and information we are investigating, we still need people to come forward to assist in this case."

    Up to $9,000 is being offered by various groups for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of these whooping cranes. LDWF's Operation Game Thief program and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are each offering a reward of up to $1,000; The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering up to $5,000. LDWF also received a total of $2,000 from private donations.

    Anyone with information regarding these illegal killings should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, residents can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" app. The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day. Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.

    LDWF has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 66 whooping cranes. The cranes in this case were released in December of 2015.
    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
     
  2. mr.ozone

    mr.ozone Refuge Member

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    Just ask whoevers crawfish pond they were in.
     
  3. Hiram Evans

    Hiram Evans Senior Refuge Member

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    Bump the money up to $25,000, then we can talk.
     
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  4. Sunklands

    Sunklands Elite Refuge Member

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    But they looked like sandhills.
     
  5. DComeaux

    DComeaux Senior Refuge Member

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    News Release


    For Immediate Release
    April 10, 2018



    Contact: Adam Einck

    Public Information
    LDWF

    (225) 765-2465

    aeinck@wlf.la.gov



    Two People from Rayne Cited for Shooting Whooping Cranes

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited a Louisiana man and a juvenile on April 3 in Acadia Parish for allegedly shooting two endangered whooping cranes.


    After an almost two-year investigation, LDWF agents cited Kaenon A. Constantin, 25, and a juvenile from Rayne, for violating the Endangered Species Act, hunting from a public road and obstruction of justice.


    The cranes were found just south of Rayne off of Hwy. 35 and Hains Hwy. on the afternoon of May 20, 2016. The cranes were recovered and sent in for a necropsy, which revealed they were both shot.


    Through the course of the investigation, agents determined that Constantin and the juvenile shot the two whooping cranes with .22 caliber rifles on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from a public road.


    Agents seized two .22 caliber rifles and an ATV in connection with the violations.


    Violating the Endangered Species Act brings up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail. Hunting from a public road carries up to a $15,000 fine and six months in jail. Obstruction of justice brings up to 10 years in jail.


    LDWF has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 66 whooping cranes. The cranes in this case were released in December of 2015.


    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.


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  6. boatdriver

    boatdriver Senior Refuge Member

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    So, were the authorities tipped off, I wonder? Seems like if they were, it wouldn't have taken two years to investigate it. If this was done strictly through the department, then kudos for the hard work. They frequently fly where I hunt. Pretty awesome creature. I enjoy seeing them. It is a clear and unmistakable bird. Just takes a little self education to learn the difference between the whooping and the sandhills. Just my .02.
     
  7. Sunklands

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    Did someone see or hear them shoot? Did someone just randomly see them lying dead or were they tipped off from the start?
     
  8. DComeaux

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    The cranes are fitted with bands and transmitters, so I'd imagine these two quit moving and were investigated.
     
  9. borntohunt

    borntohunt Senior Refuge Member

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    Part of the Mueller Russian investigation. That’s why it didn’t come up until now.
     
  10. Sunklands

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    Should've know there was Russian connection. Trump will step in and straighten this **** out.
     

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