FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says five federally protected whooping cranes have been confirmed in Hopkins County, and the birds have been spotted in other counties as well in the last couple of weeks.
Wildlife biologists say hunters should watch for whooping cranes in their hunting areas since the bird is endangered and may not be hunted.
The agency says the migration corridor of the eastern population of whooping cranes takes them through west-central Kentucky.
Whooping cranes are solid white with black wingtips and have a red crown. Juveniles have patches of brown or tan mixed in.
The state’s sandhill crane hunting season begins Saturday. Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette and may associate with sandhill cranes, so the agency is advising caution while hunting sandhills.
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