A whooping crane is a rare and endangered species and one of the birds was killed recently on Manitoulin Island.

Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual or suspects responsible.

It’s alleged that on May 5 the bird was shot on private property in the area of N line and 10th Side Road on the north end of Barrie Island.

This crane belonged to a small population of 100 that were raised and released. They are being monitored with telemetry bands.

If you know who committed this crime or any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at 705 222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), use the internet at www.sudburycrimestoppers.com.

If your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible to earn up to $2,000 in cash. You will remain anonymous and will not have to testify in court. That is our promise to you, the tipster. See something, hear something, do something. Call Crime Stoppers.