The  Louisiana  Department  of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking duck hunters to take a little extra time to identify their targets before they  shoot  and  please  don't  shoot   the  whooping  cranes.

For comparison,  photos  of the whooping cranes  are  posted  online  at wlf-dot-Louisiana-dot-gov/wildlife/whooping  cranes. LDWF  migratory bird expert Larry Reynolds says duck hunters should easily  be  able to distinguish these birds are not for shooting. Duck   season  opened in western Louisiana today and  opens  in  the eastern part of the stat next Saturday.