The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of a whooping crane reported by an Alabama conservation officer at Weiss Lake, in Cherokee County, midway between Birmingham, Atlant, and Chattanooga. Investigators believe the crane was shot, but a necropsy is being performed to be sure. Wildlife officials have asked for the support of the public, especially the fishing, hunting, and boating community who may have seen or heard about the killing on Weiss Lake to help prosecute whoever shot this crane. A $6,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to a conviction.