FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a four-week hunting season for sandhill cranes, the first state on the Eastern seaboard to do so.
The commission Friday unanimously approved the season to run from Dec. 17 to Jan. 15. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must also approve the hunting season when it meets in June.
Dozens of people spoke against and for the new hunting season during a sometimes contentious meeting that lasted nearly five hours, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Dr. Karen Waldrop, director of wildlife for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, told the commission that sandhill crane populations have rebounded since reaching near extinction in the early 1900s because of over-hunting.