Michigan House approves Lowers Sandhill crane hunting resolution

first_img Categories: Lower News 18Oct Michigan House approves Lower’s Sandhill crane hunting resolution State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving his resolution calling for the establishment of a hunting season to address Sandhill crane overpopulation.House Resolution 154 encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a hunting season in Michigan.“I’m hopeful that the Natural Resources Commission will move forward with the idea and create a Sandhill crane hunt,” Lower said. “The establishment of a hunting season will help control the population and limit damage to local farms, where corn and wheat plants serve as a food source for the birds.”Michigan is home to an increasing population of Sandhill cranes, with an estimated 23,082 reported in Michigan’s 2015 population survey. Over the past 10 years, the population has grown an average of 9.4 percent annually.While Michigan farmers are allowed to obtain nuisance permits to kill Sandhill cranes causing crop damage on their farms, Lower said the permits do not provide a solution to the overpopulation problem. Lower also said birds killed with nuisance permits are a wasted resource, as their meat cannot be harvested.Sixteen states currently allow Sandhill crane hunting during certain seasons.“A number of states already hunt Sandhill cranes and their population continues to climb, along with reports of crop damage caused by cranes,” Lower said. “Still, hunting is the best tool we have to manage the population as a whole, and it’s time to utilize it in Michigan.”###last_img read more