Bring Killers of Whooping Cranes to Justice


Target: William C. Woody, Chief of Law Enforcement, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Goal: Investigate the recent shooting deaths of endangered whooping cranes

Recently, two whooping cranes were illegally shot to death in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. One bird was found dead. The other was treated by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine but ultimately euthanized due to the severity of its wounds. Whooping cranes are endangered, incredibly rare and an American treasure. Sign this petition to demand that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement personnel do everything in their power to apprehend and prosecute the murderer(s) of these beautiful birds.

In 1941, the North American whooping crane population numbered less than fifty birds. Thanks to captive breeding and reintroduction programs, protection from the federal Endangered Species Act, and the work of passionate wildlife conservationists, the whooping crane population has risen to an estimated 600 birds. Continued vigilance must be maintained, however, in order to ensure these birds do not return to the brink of extinction. Part of this vigilance must be the prosecution and conviction of individuals who shoot these birds to death.

Since 2011, five whooping cranes have been shot to death in Louisiana. For such a small, fragile wildlife population even the loss of one bird can be of grave consequence to the overall survival of the species. According to the American Bird Conservancy, nearly a quarter of whooping crane deaths can be attributed to gunshot wounds. People who shoot these majestic birds must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law to punish them and to prevent others from duplicating their despicable crimes.

Sign this petition to demand that the murderer(s) of the two Jefferson Davis Parish whooping cranes be apprehended and held accountable for their heinous actions. Hopefully, their punishment will create more awareness of the endangered status of whooping cranes and help prevent future shootings, which may allow Louisiana’s whooping crane population to thrive and grow into sustainability.


Dear Mr. Woody,

Recently, two endangered whooping cranes were shot to death in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. I am writing to urge you to do everything in your power to bring the shooter(s) to justice.

In 1941, whooping cranes were on the verge of extinction. Thanks to captive breeding and reintroduction programs, protection from the Endangered Species Act, and the work of passionate wildlife conservationists, there are now around 600 of these majestic birds living in the wild and in captivity. Unfortunately, nearly a quarter of their deaths may be attributed to gunshot wounds. The whooping crane population cannot grow into sustainability until these needless, senseless gun deaths are stopped.

Please bring the murderer(s) of the two Jefferson Davis Parish whooping cranes to justice so they can be held accountable for their heinous actions. Punishing them to the full extent of the law may dissuade others from performing similar illegal shootings, which may help Louisiana’s whooping crane population thrive and grow into sustainability.


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Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Why on earth would anyone shoot one of these precious animals. They bother no one, the mind their business, they are beautiful, I just can’t fathom this.

    • it was either just for “fun” or yet more ignorant people defending their fish stock ponds from the horrible animals that cheat them out of 1 or 2 fish

  2. If a BIG reward needs to offered to catch the weasels who shot and killed these majestic birds that is what that needs to be done. I’m sure that the coward who killed these birds bragged about their great markmanship so a reward would bring their names to the authorities and then PUNISHE THEM SEVERELY SO NO ONE ELSE DUPLICATES THEIR ACTIONS!

    • Barbara Van Tuyl says:

      Works for me! Serious jail time, significant fine and punitive damages over and above it all would be a good start. These birds belong to our heritage and no trigger happy jerk du jour has any business targeting/killing them under any circumstance. Hope they can catch them!

  3. I have written this site several times and still have gotten no reply. I urged them to modify the site so you don’t have to click on each individual petition and go to that page in order to sign it. Other sites have it set up so you can click on all the petitions you choose to sign on a single page and I’m quite sure more petitions would get signed and more animals helped of signing were made more simple here. Some people simply care more than others, are more conscious, many computers are slow as well as internet providers. I live in the US, I was in India last month and now I am in Brazil. In places like this and even in the US the net is often very slow. Even with fast internet many people simply won’t take the time to go through all this and we are losing signatures as a result. I don’t know why this organization hasn’t at least responded to my suggestions and believe it is a way to increase the amount of good done for these animals that are suffering horribly. Thanks for listening,


  4. caryl Sawyer says:

    USFish and wildlife are actually pretty useless.

  5. Barbara Griffith says:

    These are the same type of creeps that shoot a wolf on sight just because they can. I doubt they will ever be caught you almost have to catch them in the act to have them arrested.

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