Crane hunting restrictions (letter writing campaign)

Ken Kinman kinman2 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Nov 11 12:33:49 CST 2004

Dear All,
      There will certainly be a lot of letters and e-mails (about the whooping crane shootings) from within the state of Kansas, but protests from outside the state would be useful as well.  The KDWP (Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks) has given into the hunters long enough.  Getting sandhill crane hunting banned is probably not realistic in Kansas, but hopefully we can now get some tough new restrictions enacted.

      The main restrictions that have been suggested in the past are (1) starting crane season several weeks later; (2) the dawn starting time should be shifted to at least 8:00 or 9:00 A.M. (note that the hunters in this incident blamed the early dawn light for the misidentification); and (3) a buffer of at least 5 miles around Quivira, Cheyenne Bottoms, and other refuges when whooping cranes are present (presently they only close down the refuges themselves, even though whoopers often fly outside the refuges to feed).  Any one of these proposals may have averted the shootings just outside of Quivira last Saturday, but all three proposals should be adopted.  Contacting Governor Sebelius might do the most good, but e-mails to the Commissioners couldn't hurt (see links below):

A listing of the KDWP Commissioners with email and postal addresses can be found at (scroll to bottom of that page):

Mike Hayden, Secretary
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
1020 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66612

Governor Kathleen Sebelius
Office of the Governor
Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 212S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590
E-mail can be sent to Governor Sebelius at the following site:


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