Despite over 337 letters from as far away as Alaska, and petitions with over 3,000 signatures, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has approved Kentucky's sandhill crane hunt. The U.S. agency did not receive any letters in support of the hunt.
There was concern that the endangered whooping crane may be shot in error, by mistaking it for the sandhill crane. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife put in safeguards to avoid this situation. Hunters must pass a crane identification test online, and Kentucky must have the sandhill crane season before the whooping cranes migrate to Kentucky.
Hunting regulations still need to be decided and approved through the general assembly. There is confidence that this can be done, and have a season by this December. However there are some opponents who think a lawsuit might be the next step to block the hunt. From Courier-Journal.com .