A $7,500 reward has been offered for info leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the killing of an endangered whooping crane last week.
The federally endangered bird was found in Jackson County, Ind., near Crothersville, on Dec. 30, and Indiana's Turn In a Poacher program announced the joint reward today. People with tips on this poaching or any other violations of fishing, hunting and environmental laws can submit them anonymously by calling 1-800-TIP-IDNR (800-847-4367) and be eligible for cash rewards.
Only about 500 of the endangered birds exist in the wild today, and various programs have been set up to help them. Check out the video below of people - acting as surrogate parents - working with whooping crane chicks to teach them how to migrate by following ultralight aircraft.
For more details about the incident and reward, check out the DNR article on the case.