Kentucky hunters harvest 50 sandhill cranes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's first sandhill crane hunt in a
century has ended with hunters taking only a fraction of what they
were allowed.

Fifty birds were killed during the 30-day season that ended
Sunday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources had set a 400-bird limit.

The number was lower than expected, but state fish and wildlife
officials say they still consider it a success.

Sandhill cranes can measure up to 5 feet tall and weigh up to 14
pounds. They were hunted to the brink of extinction 100 years ago,
but their numbers have rebounded in recent years.

Migratory bird program coordinator Rocky Pritchert said the
small number of cranes harvested suggests the animals were
difficult to hunt as predicted.