ajmorell wrote:I have never seen one. I think your odds of seeing one are slim, but not impossible. One of my hunting partners told me he read about a guy who shot one in the last couple years and brought it to the biologist check station
jhend08 wrote:According to the FWS, there were 530 Whoopers left (both captive and wild) in July of 2010. There used to be a few pairs in NM but they have not been seen in several years I believe. Sandhill hunters used to have to take a crane ID course before they were able to hunt, but like ajmorell said people do end up shooting them by mistake anyway. There isn't a great chance of running into one but you never know, rare birds show up in unexpected places all the time.
Escopeton wrote:A few years back, there used to be a hybrid that would frequent our area. But, it has been awhile since it has made an itself seen.
Tiburon5 wrote:so would you say they are making progress then? Or are they slowly going out. if i remember correctly they are the largest native bird to North America. it would be a shame to see such a bird wiped out for good.
StevenL wrote:bandgitter91 wrote:If a whopping crane were to be seen all hunters would have to take a waterfowl ID to hunt both snows and cranes
You have to be joking!
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