Biologists with the Louisiana Departement of Wildlife and Fisheries carry a juvenile whooping crane to a temporary enclosure for a three-week observation and acclimation to the area before their full release into the wild at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in Grand Chenier, La. The crane is wearing a blinding hood to help keep it calm and to lessen the possibility of it acclimating to human interaction.

Two Acadia Parish residents have been cited for violating the Endangered Species Act in connection with the shooting of two endangered whooping cranes in 2016, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced on Tuesday.

Citations were issued on April 3 to Kaenon Constantin, 25, and a juvenile who allegedly shot the cranes with .22-caliber rifles from an all-terrain vehicle, according to the department. They were also cited for hunting from a public road and obstruction of justice.

The cranes were found just south of Rayne off Highway 35 and Hains Highway on the afternoon of May 20, 2016.

Agents seized the rifles and ATV, according to the department. Further penalties were not specified, but the combination of alleged violations could result in more than 11 years in jail and fines of up to $65,000.

LDWF has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 66 whooping cranes. The cranes in this case were released in December of 2015.

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