Whooping cranes found dead near Florida/Alabama border — “Unusual and suspicious”


Wildlife agencies investigating suspicious whooping crane deaths in South Georgia, Florida Times-Union, January 6, 2011:

Federal and state wildlife officers are investigating the suspicious deaths of three whooping cranes west of Albany in rural Calhoun County a week ago. ...

"When three are found dead in the same area, it's unusual and suspicious," MacKenzie said. "A predator, like a bobcat, would take just one." ...

The three that died had been banded and equipped with transmitters and had been tracked until recently in Kentucky, MacKenzie said. ...

[T]hey feed on crabs, clams, frogs and aquatic plants.

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