Posted: Feb 8, 2011 5:05 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government has approved release of 10 young whooping cranes into wetlands where Louisiana's last wild flock once lived.
But snowstorms have delayed their move once. Officials aren't
sure just when they'll be flown from Pautunxent, Md., to White
Whoopers are among the world's most endangered birds and were
one of the first animals on the U.S. endangered list. It is 60 years since the 5-foot-tall birds with the distinctive call lived in the wild in Louisiana.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that the plan described in August is now approved.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Bo Boehringer says
biologists had hoped to move the birds Feb. 1, but storms got in
the way. The latest - very tentative - date is Feb. 15.