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Wildlife officials say small number of whooping cranes reported in Kentucky
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:01 AM EST
Kentucky wildlife officials say a small number of whooping cranes have shown up in the state.
Whooping cranes are a federally endangered bird that may not be hunted.
The birds are solid white with black wingtips and a red crown. Adults may have a wingspan of 7 ½ feet and stand up to 5 feet tall on stilted legs.
Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette to sandhill cranes. However, sandhill cranes have gray bodies and are smaller than whooping cranes.
Kentucky's sandhill crane hunting season begins Dec. 14 and continues through Jan. 12, or until 400 birds are taken.