March 7, 2013

From TheRepublic.com

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Worthey D. Wiles pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year of probation after he pleaded guilty to killing a whooping crane, a federally protected species of endangered waterfowl.

U.S. Magistrate Janice Ellington also ordered Wiles to pay a $5,000 fine and a $10,000 community-service payment to the nonprofit Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuges.

Whooping cranes are among the world’s rarest birds with a total population of about 437 in the wild.

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