A 5-year-old female crane was found dead Jan. 3 in southwestern Indiana, apparently killed by a high-powered rifle.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says remains of the female crane were found Jan. 3 in a field near the Goose Pond State Fish and Wildlife Area.
The crane was found in an agricultural area not far from where another whooping crane was killed a few years ago.
The Department of Natural Resources say they believe the whooping crane was shot in Greene County.
After decades of being on the endangered species list, Indiana removed the Peregrine Falcon this week.
An Evansville-based coal company plans to create a new surface mine in southwestern Indiana near the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.
The 10-year nesting site will remain undisturbed during construction, officials say.
Wildlife biologists banded 44 peregrine falcon chicks this year, compared to 38 last year.