The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is planning to implement a hunting season on the eastern population of sandhill cranes in December of this year. The hunt proposal was approved in a June 3rd vote held by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Even if you are not a resident of the state of Kentucky, your voice in opposition to this hunt is important. The eastern population of greater sandhill cranes has only recently recovered from the brink of extinction in the 1930's and has now been protected for nearly 100 years. There is no "wildlife management" reason for this hunt. If it goes forward, it will serve a small number of hunters who desire a new hunting opportunity. On the other hand, population modeling for the eastern population does not currently exist, and harm to the population can result.
Please visit the Kentucky Sandhill Crane Coalitions Call to Action page for more details about the Kentucky legislative committee and the schedule of events for this hunt proposal.
For the history of the sandhill crane hunt issue in the east, visit Sandhill Crane Hunting on this blog.
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