Thursday, November 18, 2010

Should There Be a Hunting Season for Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee?

I couldn't do it unless I was starving and had  run out of nuts, berries, twigs, and insects.


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  2. I've tried to keep an open mind about this, but after talking about the reproductive rate of cranes with experts, I'm not comfortable with a crane hunt.

    These are long-lived birds that lay few eggs and rear few young to maturity. Their replacement rate is slow, and the take already allowed in Midwestern states is enough, if not too much, to keep sandhills in check.

    They also have long-term pair bonds, so killing one breaks another's heart.