Crane hunting in Kentucky nears final step
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 3:02 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A legislative subcommittee has approved a regulation that would allow hunting of sandhill cranes in Kentucky, which would become the first state east of the Mississippi River where the birds can be hunted in a century.
Environmentalists and bird enthusiasts have objected to the practice that won approval by the Administrative Regulation and Review Subcommittee. Two other legislative committees also must approve the regulation, but no opposition is expected, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported (http://bit.ly/npacOB).
Sandhill cranes were nearly extinct in the early 1900s because of overhunting, but officials say the populations have rebounded.
The hunt is expected to begin Dec. 15 and last 30 days or until the harvest of 400 cranes. Hunters have until Nov. 30 to apply for a permit.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
Published in The Messenger 10.21.11