Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are looking for leads into the shooting of two whooping cranes earlier today in Jeff Davis Parish.

A female crane was killed and a male crane was recovered near the corner of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road north of Roanoke about five miles north of Interstate 10, according to a press release.

LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program is offering up to a $1,000 reward for any information leading to to an arrest in this shooting. To report any information, call 1-800-442-2511.

The male crane, which appeared to have been shot in the wing, was recovered and transported to LSU for examination.

Agents believe the birds were shot sometime on Thursday, Feb. 6.

“Anytime we lose one of these cranes it sets us back in our efforts to restore the whooping crane population back to its historic levels in Louisiana,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “These were once native birds to Louisiana and the department would like to see these cranes thrive again in the future with a sustainable population.”