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Should hunting of sandhill cranes be allowed in Wisconsin?

Sandhill cranes take flight from a pond east of Mishicot.

With long legs trailing behind in the sky, the sandhill crane announces its arrival with a cry that hearkens back to prehistoric times.Spotted along the river or seen fishing in Fond du Lac County’s abundance of ponds and lakes, the elegant bird has a great following of local enthusiasts who turn out to count them every year. The state is home to the International Crane Foundation.

But the bird’s blissful existence may soon be disturbed by the blast of shotguns. State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, an Oconomowoc Republican and avid duck hunter, began circulating a bill last week that would require the DNR to create a sandhill season. more...
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