A Wisconsin lawmaker has quietly proposed a bill that would let hunters blast the birds to stop them from chewing up farmers’ cornfields. The legislation promises to spark a bitter debate in a state that is both defined by its deep-rooted hunting traditions and serves as home to the International Crane Foundation, one of the world’s premier crane protection organizations.
“I don’t think this is the state to push for a crane hunt,” said Karen Etter Hale, a vice president of the Wisconsin Audubon Council. “If hunters want to further damage their reputations by pushing for yet another species to hunt, then that’s what they should do.”
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