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Whooping crane carcass found

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 8, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.


The carcass of an adult whooping crane was found Thursday on Matagorda Island by an Aransas National Wildlife Refuge staff member.

The carcass was sent to a lab for analysis. The cause of death will be released once it is known, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This flock, the last known naturally migrating flock of whooping cranes, is estimated to number more than 300 birds, according to the Whooping Crane Conservation Association.

The estimated size of the flock is expected to be released in the coming weeks, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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