The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $12,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents are leading a joint investigation with Georgia DNR Conservation Rangers.  The three cranes were shot sometime before December 30th, 2010.  They were discovered by hunters near Albany, Georgia.  The whooping cranes were part of a group of 5-Direct Autumn Release cranes that left the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge on October 25th, 2010 following other older whooping cranes or sometimes sandhill cranes during the fall migration south to find suitable winter habitat.