Environment
3:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

$7,200 Reward For Info on Whooping Crane Shooting in West Ky.

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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.

Original Story:

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.