UPDATE: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now offering a $7,200.00 reward for anyone with information related to to the shooting of the two Whooping Cranes in Hopkins/Muhlenberg County area.
Anyone with information should call 502-582-5989 ext. 29 or 800-252-5378. The reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest or conviction.
Yesterday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that two adult Whooping Cranes had been illegally shot in Hopkins County last November.
They were a mated pair. According Fish and Wildlife the birds had spent the last two winters in Hopkins County.
Fish and Wildlife spokesman Tom MacKenzie said the agency was waiting for a lab in to confirm that the birds had been shot before reporting the case.
He says the shooting was not by a hunter, but instead a “Thrill kill.”
The killings occurred a couple weeks before Kentucky’s controversial Sandhill Crane hunting season opened.
The penalty for shooting a Whooping Crane can be as much as $100,000 and a year in jail.