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Old February 10th, 2014 #1
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Pair of Endangered Whooping Cranes Found Shot in Louisiana


A dead female whooping crane found Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, near Roanoke in southwest Jefferson Davis Parish, La. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information. (AP Photo/Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

By: By Michele Berger
Published: February 10, 2014

The whooping crane, North America’s tallest bird, has a storied past. Population numbers dropped to tens of birds at their lowest, and today they’ve bounced back thanks to some serious conservation efforts. But still, only hundreds of these red-capped birds exist in the wild. So when two individuals get shot and one of those two dies, it’s a big deal.

That’s precisely what happened last week when two cranes were found shot in Louisiana. The female of the pair was killed; the male was transported to Louisiana State University to be examined, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). He had surgery Saturday and is now recovering, LDWF spokesman Adam Einck told weather.com.

“Yesterday he was showing signs of being able to stand and being interested in food again. Signs are good he’s going to be able to make a recovery,” Einck said. What’s still unknown, however, is whether the bird will be able to fly again. If not, the male will not return to the wild, instead being placed somewhere such as a zoo or refuge.

LDWF doesn’t currently have any leads into who shot these two birds, but the department does believe lead shot was used. As part of its Operation Game Thief program, the agency is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the illegal shooting that leads to an arrest.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time in recent memory such a headline has graced the news. Last November, two whooping cranes were shot and killed in Kentucky while passing through the area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in January. According to the blog 10,000 Birds, authorities held off announcing the incident to leave time for an investigation.

As for the event that just happened in Louisiana it’s a big loss for that population of birds, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said in a news release. “Anytime we lose one of these cranes, it sets us back in our efforts,” he said. “These were once native birds to Louisiana and the department would like to see these cranes thrive again.”

If you have any information, call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-442-2511.

http://www.wunderground.com/news/pai...siana-20140210
 
Old February 10th, 2014 #2
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I frequently come across woodpecker feathers and always think about sending some to ya, but my guess it is illegal to do that since they are protected. There are laws regarding the transportation of animal furs and what not across state lines which includes the mail service.
 
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I frequently come across woodpecker feathers and always think about sending some to ya, but my guess it is illegal to do that since they are protected. There are laws regarding the transportation of animal furs and what not across state lines which includes the mail service.
? What would I do with woodpecker feathers? I'm not into animals parts.

We have plenty of red-headed woodpecks around here, it's pretty much the center of their distribution.
 
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? What would I do with woodpecker feathers? I'm not into animals parts.
you could make one of those indian dream catcher thingies and hang it from the rearview of your pick-em-up truck.
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you could make one of those indian dream catcher thingies and hang it from the rearview of your pick-em-up truck.
Oh jesus...
 
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Oh jesus...
yep, that's one of them fish deals you put on your bumper.
(you sure you live in rural MO?)



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Jesus fish,
Swimming amongst a sea of traffic.
Dirt encrusted
And weather-beaten,
It has withstood the test of time
And reason;
Always pushing against
The current,
Dedicated to the cause
Of raising awareness
Of your driver’s self-importance.
No seat belt, no air bag;
This trip is in God’s hands.
It clings obediently,
Unaware of other fish in the deep,
But prideful of its silver fins,
Flaking but brilliant
In the headlights,
Rubescent in the taillights,
Trapped between both
Like the walls of a translucent aquarium.
A fish, representing a man,
Representing an ideology,
Representing a family
Kept safe, but only symbolically –
How absurd.
An ornament of idol worship,
A bumper sticker companion,
A fish out of water;
Breathing fumes of consumption
And unsure of its destination.
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