The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the brainless moron or morons who shot three migrating whooping cranes.
From this story on CNN:
Federal authorities have offered a reward for information in the case of three endangered whooping cranes found shot to death in southwestern Georgia. The bodies of the cranes were found and reported by hunters near Albany, Georgia, on December 30, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday. They were sent to the service’s forensics laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, where wildlife scientists determined they “sustained injuries consistent with gunshot wounds.”
It is not known when the cranes were shot. They were part of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, an initiative aimed at reintroducing whooping cranes into the eastern United States. There are about 570 whooping cranes left in the world, 400 of them in the wild, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. About 100 cranes are in the eastern migratory population. This was the cranes’ first migration, the service said in a statement. They were banded and equipped with transmitters and had last been tracked in Hamilton County, Tennessee, where they roosted with other cranes December 10.
So if the person or persons responsible are caught, what should be their punishment?