- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

KOUNTZE, Texas (AP) - Two endangered whooping cranes have been shot dead in Southeast Texas, and state game wardens have identified a suspect.

A statement from then International Crane Foundation says the shootings happened Sunday in Hardin County, but state Game Warden Mike Boone said Wednesday in Kountze that the shootings happened just to the south in Jefferson County.

No other details were available, but the foundation statement quoted Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials as saying a suspect has been identified. Boone said no arrests had been made.

The foundation says more than 20 whooping cranes have been shot and killed in the United States over the past five years, leaving about 600 whooping cranes in the world. The two cranes shot Sunday were part of a Louisiana flock that numbered about 30.

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