Whooping Crane Shot – $10,000 Reward

by Chester McConnell, Whooping Crane Conservation Association

The Whooping Crane Conservation Association will pay a reward not to exceed $10,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the conviction of any individuals responsible for the killing of a whooping crane which took place on the afternoon of Friday, April 20, 2012 along 354th Avenue, approximately 17 miles southwest of Miller, S.D. The purpose of the reward is to encourage the public to share information they might have about criminal activities involving whooping cranes. Federal, State, Provincial, and other public law enforcement personnel, and criminal accomplices who turn “states” evidence to avoid prosecution, shall not be eligible for this reward. If more than one informant is key to solving a specific case, the reward will be equally divided between the informants.                                                                      

A reward has also been offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting of the whooping crane. Law enforcement officers from the Service and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are investigating the shooting, which took place on the afternoon of Friday, April 20, 2012. The migrating adult whooping crane was traveling with two additional whooping cranes before being shot with a high-power rifle as it was standing in a corn field.

Anyone with information should call either the 24-hour “Turn in a Poacher Hotline” at 1-888-OVERBAG (683-7224) or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 605-224-9045 to report any information which will aid officers in the apprehension of the shooter. Callers can remain anonymous.

Eleven whooping cranes of the experimental Eastern Migratory  population and non-migratory Louisiana population have been shot in the last two years.  The Alabama case of January, a year ago, is still active. The Louisiana shootings have been solved by State Law Enforcement personnel and a reward will not be involved. One case is still active in Indiana. In Indiana the State has offered $2,500, the Fish and Wildlife Service $2,500 and the Humane Society $2,500 in reward.

Donations (which are tax-deductible) are being requested for the Whooping Crane Conservation Association’s Reward Account.

Donations should be mailed to Whooping Crane Conservation Association, 2139 Kennedy Avenue, Loveland, CO, USA 80538 or to donate by credit card click on the button below…





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5 Responses to Whooping Crane Shot – $10,000 Reward

  1. […] The refuge is still waiting on the final report on the second whooping carcass recovered on Aransas Refuge (January 18). Now there is a third whooper carcass that must be examined. This one involves the criminal shooting of a whooping crane in South Dakota. This shooting is currently under investigation by federal and state authorities. The Whooping Crane Conservation Association has established a reward for information leading to the conviction of the whooper killing. For details on the reward click on the following link:             http://whoopingcrane.com/whooping-crane-shot-10000-reward/ […]

  2. […] at: 888-OVERBAG (888-683-7224), or the FWS at: 605-224-9045.  Callers can remain anonymous.  Click here for more information, or to make a donation to the reward […]

  3. […] Donations (which are tax-deductible) are being requested for the Whooping Crane Conservation Association’s Reward Account. The public is encouraged to donate to this fund. Donations should be mailed to Whooping Crane Conservation Association, 2139 Kennedy Avenue, Loveland, CO, USA 80538 or to donate by credit card click on the link:  http://whoopingcrane.com/whooping-crane-shot-10000-reward/ […]

  4. […] The Whooping Crane Conservation Association has established a REWARD fund to raise $10,000 for conviction of the killer of the whooping crane in South Dakota on May 20, 2012. Donations are still needed. Click on the following link to read details of the Reward fund and how you can help:    http://whoopingcrane.com/whooping-crane-shot-10000-reward/ […]

  5. […] Donations (which are tax-deductible) are being requested for the Whooping Crane Conservation Association’s Reward  Account. The public is encouraged to donate to this fund. Donations should be mailed to Whooping Crane Conservation Association, 2139 Kennedy Avenue, Loveland, CO, USA  80538 or to donate by credit card click on the link:  http://whoopingcrane.com/whooping-crane-shot-10000-reward/ […]