State wildlife officials are reporting that they've spotted an endangered whooping crane at the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area near Henderson and that they've received a report of two others along the Pond River in Hopkins County.
The sightings of the rare birds, which are on the comeback from near extinction, prompted the Humane Society of the United States to again call for the halt of a hunting season on sandhill cranes for fear that shooters might mistakenly kill the whooping cranes instead.
Wildlife officials said in a press release that hunters should be careful not to confuse the whooping cranes with snow geese or sandhill cranes.
Fewer than 600 whooping cranes now live in the wild in the U.S.
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