State asks judge to reopen whooping crane case

Oct 21, 2012 | Houston Chronicle by Matthew Tresaugue | TAP In The News

Texas officials have asked a federal judge in Corpus Christi to reopen a case into the deaths of critically endangered whooping cranes, citing a new report that raises concerns about how the flock was counted.

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack indicated during a teleconference Monday that she would not accept the report as evidence without a full hearing.

The request comes 10 months after the end of a trial over Texas’ role in the presumed deaths of 23 cranes in the winter of 2008 and 2009. The Aransas Project, a group of bird lovers, businesses and municipalities, have accused state officials of diverting too much water from the Guadalupe River before it reaches the federally protected species’ feeding grounds.


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