The presence of endangered birds leads to closure of wildlife area in southeastern Nebraska. The wildlife area named Father Hupp is located close to Bruning, two miles west from it in the Thayer County. Six whooping cranes have been observed there, and since their species is endangered, the area has been closed until they will leave.
The announcement was made by the Game and Parks Commission of Nebraska (NGPC) on their website last Monday. As they stated, this is a standard procedure when the whooping cranes are observed on properties managed or owned by state agencies. The Father Hupp property has 25 upland acres and 135 marsh acres.
Whooping cranes are an endangered species, with only 300 of them living in the wild. The birds migrate during spring and fall, flying from northern Alberta, Canada, where the breeding grounds are, to Texas to their winter sites. In doing so they pass through Nebraska.
Scott Taylor, administrator of the commission on the wildlife division, declared that the property is being used by hunters and recreationists, but it is completely normal to close it when the danger of disturbing habitats or certain species arises. He also added that NGPC closed the area not only to protect the birds, but also to protect the people from unknowingly taking actions against the law.
The hunting of whooping cranes is illegal under state and federal law. The birds are protected by the Conservation Act for Endangered Species, the Nebraska Nongame and the Act of Endangered Species. If someone does however capture, harass or kill a whooping crane, they might end up for an entire year in jail and have to pay about $50,000.
It is always wonderful to see measures being taken in order to preserve not only the natural habitat of animals, but also endangered species. Many species have disappeared in the past from excessive hunting, and now the world is a less colorful place. What would the world be without tigers, rhinos or panda bears? Even though the presence of endangered birds leads to closure of wildlife area, we should all be capable of understanding that sometimes there are more important things at stake than our fun.
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