Dec 5, 2012 1:39 PM by Ian Auzenne
State officials are continuing their efforts to restore whooping crane populations. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released 14 young whooping cranes last week at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Gueydan. This habitat will provide the birds temporary shelter until they are released into the wild. This group is the third cohort of cranes released since 2011. That group marked the first presence of whooping cranes in Louisiana since the 1950s. Hunters are reminded whooping cranes are protected under federal endangered species laws and cannot be pursued, harassed, captured, or killed.