A Louisiana man has been sentenced to probation for killing one of the state's oldest whooping cranes.


In a hearing Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst, Gilvin P. Aucoin Jr. changed his plea to guilty for a misdemeanor violation of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He shot a whooping crane in July 2018 in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana.


Whitehurst sentenced Aucoin to two years' probation, during which time he cannot hunt or fish, and 120 hours community service to be served with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Aucoin also must complete a hunter education course.


International Crane Foundation President and CEO Rich Beilfuss, in a statement, said his group was concerned that "soft penalties like this ... send the wrong message and do not serve as a deterrent to future shootings of whooping cranes or other threatened species."