State wildlife officials say hunters killed 92 sandhill cranes during Kentucky's second hunting season for the bird. The total is 42 more than the previous season. Most of the cranes killed were in Hardin and Barren counties on private land. Officials say they consider the crane season a success. A total of 332 hunters were issued permits this year to hunt sandhill cranes.Wildlife officials add that there are about 84,000 birds in the eastern population of sandhill cranes. That population total would have to fall to about 30,000 before the state would cancel a planned three year hunting period.
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