As sandhill crane populations continue to rise and the birds do more and more damage on crops, Wisconsin state legislators have finally proposed a hunting season.

Estimates from the Wisconsin DNR put sandhill crane numbers at about 72,000. In the last four years the birds have gobbled up about $1.7 million in crop damage.

“[Farmers] are basically feeding your deer, turkey, geese,” Randy Kuehl, a Wisconsin farmer, told Fox 11. “Now we’re starting to feed the cranes. And we have no control over them.”

While sandhill cranes are already being hunted in the Dakotas, the International Crane Foundation, based out of Baraboo, Wisc. suggests chemical deterrents for keeping the birds out of farmers’ fields.

Check back on the Newshound blog to see how this proposed bill plays out.

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