Two endangered whooping cranes spotted in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Two of the fewer than 600 whooping cranes left in the wild have been spotted in Nebraska’s Kissinger Wildlife Management Property, prompting the closure of the area.

Whooping cranes migrate through the Sandhills in the fall and the spring while traveling between northern Alberta to Texas’ Gulf Coast.

With the population so low, the endangered cranes are protected by federal and Nebraska law.

Under the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Nebraska Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act, it is illegal to harass, harm or hunt whooping cranes.

The closure of the area is to ensure the birds are undisturbed.

The wildlife area will be closed until further notice.

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