The male whooping crane injured in a shooting in Jeff Davis Parish earlier this month was euthanized Wednesday at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
A female crane was found dead at the scene of the shooting, which took place near the corner of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road just north of Roanoke on Feb. 6, the release states.
The male crane had undergone successful surgery on Feb. 9 at LSU for a humerus and radius fracture, but his condition began to deteriorate on Tuesday.
According to the release, the crane had weakened to the point that any efforts to revive him would have exacerbated his condition.
A $15,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting the two whooping cranes.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call LDWF’s enforcement division at 1-800-442-2511.