GREENE COUNTY, Ind. – Conservation officers are asking for the public to help them catch the individual(s) who shot and killed an endangered Whooping Crane in Greene County.
A member of the International Crane Foundation found the dead crane a few miles south of Lyons. Officers believe was shot New Year’s Eve weekend.
The crane was part of an effort by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership to establish an eastern continental flock on a migratory path between Wisconsin and Florida.
Officers say another Whooping Crane was killed in the same area a few years ago. It’s unclear if the cases are related.
Whooping Cranes are closely monitored by biologist with both banding and radio transmitters.
Conservation officers have partnered with Indiana Turn in a Poacher (T.I.P.), Friends of Goose Pond and International Crane Foundation to offer a reward of $6,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the killing.
Anyone with information about the poaching is asked to contact Indiana Conservation Officer Dispatch at 812-837-9536.