Local man cited for killing whooping crane
A local man has been cited on July 26 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly shooting an endangered whooping crane in Evangeline Parish.
In a release from the LDWF, it states that “agents cited Gilvin P. Aucoin, 52, for violating the Endangered Species Act after he admitted to shooting a whooping crane.”
LDWF agents, the release continued, “were notified about a shot whooping crane that was found near a crawfish pond in the northeast corner of Evangeline Parish.” Agents then “responded to the area and questioned Aucoin, who was working on the land at the time the crane was shot.”
According to the release, “during questioning he (Aucoin) admitted to shooting the crane with a .22 caliber rifle on July 25 while working on the property.” The gun used in the incident was seized by agents.
Violating the Endangered Species Act carries up to a $50,000.00 fine and a year in jail.
In the release it states that the “LDWF has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and the department is currently tracking 65 whooping cranes.” The one shot in the incident was a female crane that was released in 2011.