Louisiana Getting New Population of Cranes
Friday, February 04 2011 @ 02:16 AM EST
Contributed by: terrytvgal
By DIANNA OPIAT
Courthouse News Service
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be reintroducing whooping cranes into southwestern Louisiana, hoping to contribute toward the recovery of the species. The only natural wild population of whooping cranes is vulnerable to total destruction through a natural catastrophe or contaminant spill, due primarily to the bird's limited wintering distribution along the Texas gulf coast, according to the agency.
The agency plans to introduce the cranes into the rest of the state also, and to evaluate the merit of releasing captive-reared whooping cranes, conditioned for wild release, as a technique for establishing a self-sustaining, nonmigratory population.
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