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SD, feds investigating whooping crane shooting near Miller

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department are investigating the shooting of an endangered whooping crane near Miller.

According to media reports, the migrating adult whooping crane was traveling with two other whooping cranes before being shot while standing in a corn field. Authorities say the rare bird was killed with a high-powered rifle.

Federal authorities are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the federally protected bird.

Whooping cranes are North America's largest birds, standing about 5 feet tall, with a wingspan of about 7 feet.

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