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'Senseless killing': Endangered whooping crane shot near Manitoulin

Crime Stoppers, Environment and Climate Change Canada looking for the culprits

The wildlife enforcement division of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects with relation to what they've termed the “senseless killing” of a whooping crane.

In the evening hours of May 5, unknown culprit(s) allegedly shot the whooping crane on private property in the area of N Line and 10th Side Road on the north end of Barrie Island (that's off of Manitoulin Island).

The whooping crane is a rare and endangered species, said a press release from Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers.

Whooping cranes are the tallest birds in North America. It takes its name from its distinctive loud whooping call that can be heard for kilometres. 

Its large wings and method of flying means whooping cranes can fly nonstop for long distances, staying in the air for 10 hours and 750 kilometres.

This crane belonged to a small population of 100 raised and released cranes that are being monitored with telemetry bands.

Any information leading to the identity of the people or vehicles involved would be appreciated. 

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