NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife officials say someone shot a pair of whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana, killing the female and seriously injuring the male.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement division spokesman Adam Einck says the male is from the first group of whooping cranes released in a repopulation effort in 2011, and the female was from a second group. The cranes are an endangered species.
Whooping cranes mate for life and the first group's only survivor is a male who began making practice nests with a younger female last year.
Einck says the tagged birds apparently were shot Thursday. They were found Friday in Jefferson Davis Parish.
The male was taken to the LSU veterinary school for treatment.
Wildlife officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the shooter.