U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

 

Date of this Version

1-2017

Document Type

Article

Citation

Barzen, J. and K. Ballinger. 2017. Sandhill and Whooping Cranes. Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series. USDA, APHIS, WS National Wildlife Research Center. Ft. Collins, Colorado. 16p.

Abstract

As sandhill crane populations continue to grow in the United States, so too does crop damage, property damage to homeowners, and the risk of crane collisions with aircraft. Whooping crane populations also continue to grow, but with a global population of about 500 individuals (as of 2017), damage is rare and problems often require different solutions due to the species’ endangered status. The behavioral characteristics and habitat needs of sandhill and whooping cranes set the stage for conflict between these birds and people. Recognizing behavioral differences between territorial and non-territorial cranes greatly improves the effectiveness of any management effort.

Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Damage Identification

Management Methods

Economics

Species Overview

Legal Status

Glossary & Key Words

Resources

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