Ten endangered whooping cranes released into Louisiana conservation

GUEYDAN, LA (WAFB) -

Ten endangered birds have been
released back into the wild thanks to an ongoing program facilitated by the
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The whooping cranes arrived in
Louisiana on Dec. 11 from the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research
Center in Laurel, Md. They were released on Thursday, Jan. 2 into the White
Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Gueydan.

There are 23 additional adult whooping
cranes located at the conservation area. They are all being monitored by the
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The whooping crane is
protected by the federal Endangered Species and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts and
by Louisiana state law. Anyone witnessing suspicious activity involving
whooping cranes is advised to report that information to LDWF’s Enforcement
Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program, which may offer
a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions. To use
the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download
the “LADWF Tips” iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of
charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that
removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF
cannot identify the sender.

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