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.