WHITE LAKE, La. (AP) — Ten young whooping cranes are getting used to southwest Louisiana. Later this year, they'll join 23 older birds in the wild.
Whooping cranes are some of the world's largest and rarest birds. The 600 or so alive today all are descended from 15 that lived in coastal Texas in 1941.
State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Bo Boehringer says 10 arrived at the 71,000-acre White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area on New Year's Day.
While they get acclimated, they'll live in a 70-foot-wide pen topped with netting.
It's inside a 1.5-acre open-topped pen with an electrified wire outside to help keep out such predators as bobcats and coyotes. When the birds are ready, they'll be let into the wider pen to fly where they will.