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Sandhill cranes a problem for some farmers

Published On: Jul 07 2013 01:59:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2013 09:42:34 AM CDT

REEDSVILLE, Wis. -

Sandhill cranes were once nearly extinct but have rebounded so well in Wisconsin that they're becoming a headache for farmers in Manitowoc County.

Jim Knickelbine, the director of nature center in the area, tells the Herald Times Reporter that there were 390 sandhill cranes in Manitowoc County in 2012. They typically return to the area in March and eat corn seed out of the soil in the early part of planting season.

An official at Blue Royal Farms in Reedsville says the operation racked up more than $90,000 in damages largely caused by having to continually replant in areas where the 6-inch tall birds eat the corn seeds.

Wisconsin lawmakers introduced a bill for a short sandhill crane hunting season in 2012 but it did not get a vote.

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