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#5523833 - 01/06/15 02:54 PM Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death
J.P. Greeson Online   content
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Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death
AUSTIN -- Texas game wardens in Aransas County are awaiting necropsy results on a state and federally protected whooping crane found dead Sunday near a duck blind located in the Aransas Bay system close to Sand Lake.

The bird was partially decomposed when recovered by Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens who had been contacted Sunday morning by a local hunting guide who had originally discovered the crane.

Whoopers are the tallest birds in North America, standing nearly five feet. The cranes are solid white except for black wing-tips that are visible only in flight. They fly with necks and legs outstretched. Each fall, they make a 2,400-mile migratory journey from Canada to the Texas coast. In the spring, they return north.

TPWD game wardens and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are jointly investigating this incident. If anyone has additional information regarding this matter, they are encouraged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-792-GAME (4263). Callers may remain anonymous.

Since beginning their slow recovery from a low of 16 birds in the 1940s, whoopers have wintered on the Texas coast on and near Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Recently though, several groups of whooping cranes have expanded their wintering areas to include other coastal areas and some inland sites in Central Texas.

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#5523850 - 01/06/15 03:08 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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#5523864 - 01/06/15 03:22 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Just was reading that. Sucks...
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#5523874 - 01/06/15 03:27 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Hunter must have mistaken it for an eagle.
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Yeah, don't listen to me. I'm just an idiot.

Originally Posted By: East
Lol. Duckbill that was funny!

Originally Posted By: thecoach
The dude up top has already taken lots of bone before this deer, both mule and whitetail.

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#5523914 - 01/06/15 03:48 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Registered: 11/11/09
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Now duck hunting will be shut down in the area

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#5523972 - 01/06/15 04:09 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Tastes like spotted owl from what I hear.


Edited by wal1809 (01/07/15 10:27 AM)
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#5523983 - 01/06/15 04:19 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
Tastes like spottd owl from what I hear.


In my opinion the taste is more closely aligned with that of the dodo bird. But that's just my opinion. Side note, I raise dodo birds and can sell you a pair of singles if you'd like to try some for yourself.
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Originally Posted By: LandPirate
Yeah, don't listen to me. I'm just an idiot.

Originally Posted By: East
Lol. Duckbill that was funny!

Originally Posted By: thecoach
The dude up top has already taken lots of bone before this deer, both mule and whitetail.

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#5523984 - 01/06/15 04:19 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: Teamjefe]
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Originally Posted By: Teamjefe
Now duck hunting will be shut down in the area


That ain't no lie

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#5524282 - 01/06/15 06:57 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: BOBO the Clown]
Guy Online   content
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Amazing how many idiots are out there.

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#5524288 - 01/06/15 06:58 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Wow
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#5524297 - 01/06/15 07:01 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Hopefully the autopsy will show it wasn't shot.
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#5524327 - 01/06/15 07:17 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
FWBanger Offline
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Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 513
Loc: DFW
I can just hear Barney's explanation now, "I was certain that it was a pintail drake and heck I didn't even think that my lead shot would hit it at 60 yards away."

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#5524332 - 01/06/15 07:18 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Registered: 08/19/12
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Loc: Melissa, TX
Probably full of "lead". shocked
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#5524578 - 01/06/15 08:55 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: Guy]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42700
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Guy
Amazing how many idiots are out there.


That's not being an idiot. That's being malicious

Big difference.

They are the least loved bird via locals down there

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#5524603 - 01/06/15 09:04 PM Re: Game Wardens Investigating Whooping Crane Death [Re: J.P. Greeson]
Jeff Elder Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
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Loc: Weatherford/Albany / Matagorda...
Im sure it was some do it your self guy. Prolly from north Texas with a 2 wheel drive pickup covered in DU stickers that doesn't need a guide, that shot it.
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