Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Reward Increased to $16,000 for Whooping Crane Killer's Arrest

whooping-crane-reward-flyer updateWESTERN KENTUCKY (3/25/14) — Wildlife officials are still seeking information in the death of two whooping cranes near Hopkins, Muhlenberg and McLean County lines, that occurred last November.

“We received noticed from someone about an injured bird back in November,” said Marcus Bowling of Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. “When we went out there, we found the bird in really bad condition.”

The crane was rescued on the Hopkins County line, but had to be euthanized due to the extent of its wounds. The other crane was located on the Muhlenberg County line near Pond River, just north of Kentucky 70.

Investigators believe the cranes, recovered five miles apart, were both victims of the same incident.

“We haven’t received any hot leads just yet,” said Bowling. “This is no joke, the reward is set at $16,000. This is worse than killing a Bald Eagle.”

Bowling said there are currently only 500 whooping cranes left in the world and that the two that were mysterious killed were mates.

“These whooping cranes are monitored closely,” said Bowling. “From the time they hatch to their adulthood they are monitored and when there is no movement from them, we check on the situation.”

Whooping cranes are protected under two federal laws, which include the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Penalties could range up to $100,000 fine or one year in federal prison.

Bowling asks if anyone knows any information about this tragic incident to contact him at (270) 836-6661.

Read the previous SurfKY.com story on this case here.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

SOES Educator Earns National Board Certification

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (11/26/14) — Kim Thomas, a second and third-grade math and science teacher at Southern Oaks… Read More

Southtown Boulevard Extension Open

OWENSBORO, Ky. (11/26/14) — The Southtown Boulevard extension to the Airpark (across Carter Road) will open to traffic… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 21, 2014 7575

Man Accused of Assaulting Coach During Basketball…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
November 22, 2014 5214

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collision in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 21, 2014 4898

Crashing Dump Trucks in Work Zone Cause Pennyrile…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
November 21, 2014 4128

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 3964

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 21, 2014 3508

Swimming and Diving Closes Fall Season at Ohio…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
November 24, 2014 3362

Two Charged for Possession of Meth After…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO/PIO Alex Piper
November 21, 2014 3248

Kentucky Employers to Save About $112 million

in General News For All Sites by Cathy Lindsey
November 25, 2014 2716

Madisonville Man Charged for Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 2674

Call for Help Results in Arrest for Possession of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

November 25, 2014 1984

Protect Your Home When Traveling This Holiday…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 1649

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 26, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 26, 2014 1533

Sweet Staple of Thanksgiving

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 1521

Muhlenberg Set for Small Business Saturday Savings

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 1441

Baptist Health Madisonville Hires New Physical…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Kristy Quinn
November 26, 2014 1283

Greene Leaf Boutique Offers Style for Less

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 1254

Citizen Sounds Off About Library

in Hopkins News by Scott Rogers
November 26, 2014 1194

High School Wrestling Teams Returning to…

in General Sports For All Sites by Steve LeMaster
November 26, 2014 1176

Madisonville Man Charged with Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Lt. William W. Poe
November 26, 2014 1121

UK Volleyball Finalizes 2015 Class with Watson

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss