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Sandhill cranes cause problems for corn farmers

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REEDSVILLE (WKOW) -- Sandhill cranes were nearly extinct once, but now they are becoming a problem for farmers in Manitowoc County.

Jim Knickelbine is the director of a nature center.  Knickelbine told the Herald Times that there were 390 sandhill cranes in Manitowoc County in 2012.  Sandhill cranes return to the area in March, and eat corn seeds from the soil during planting season.

An official at Blue Royal Farms in Reedsville says farmers have to continually replant the seeds because of the cranes, costing more than $90,000 in damages.

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

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