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Alberta environmentalists oppose possible crane, swan hunting season


EDMONTON — Alberta environmentalists are opposing the provincial government's consideration of a hunting season for sandhill cranes and tundra swans.

The Canadian Wildlife Service proposed in December that a sandhill crane hunt be allowed in Alberta.

Provincial Environment Minister Jason Nixon told the magazine Alberta Outdoorsmen that he has asked his department to find ways to open seasons for both water birds.

Nissa Pettersen of the Alberta Wilderness Association says there's no need to open a season for sandhill cranes.

She says that despite their healthy numbers, the birds reproduce slowly and are rapidly losing the wetlands where they live.

The Alberta government has rejected hunting seasons for sandhill cranes three times in the past.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 3, 2020

The Canadian Press