Sandhill Crane hunting is considered; Cranes nesting near Barren River Lake

   Kentucky is considering measures that would establish the first legal hunt of Sandhill Cranes in Kentucky in almost a century.
   The proposal, set before the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, would allow 400 hunters to kill two Sandhill Cranes per season.
   The plan is based on an international management plan for the eastern U.S. population of Sandhill Cranes. It noted that the Sandhill Cranes had repopulated enough to allow limited hunting in the eastern portion.
   The plan is expected to be approved in June by the Kentucky Fish and Game Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
   The Sandhill Crane, once on the brink of extinction, nest near Cecilia in the Barren River Lake Wildlife Management Area and around Barren River Lake.

Sandhill Crane Nature Watch Weekend, Feb. 18-19
   The  Barren River State Park will host a Friday night, Feb. 18, educational session, followed by two Saturday, Feb. 19, trips to view the Cranes, a morning sunrise trip and a sunset trip. Each will be led by naturalists from the Kentucky Department of Parks. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Feb. 9. The cost of the progam is $30 per person and includes the Friday session, either a sunrise or sunset field trip, a boxed meal, and a T-shirt. To register, log on to Nature Watch Weekend Registration.

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