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Action Alert: Proposed Establishment of Hunting Sandhill Cranes in Alberta

February 11, 2020

Dear Wilderness Defender:

The Canadian Wildlife Service is proposing to amend the Migratory Bird Regulations to include a Sandhill crane hunt within the province of Alberta. AWA does not support this proposed amendment as there is no definitive scientific evidence to demonstrate that this hunt would be sustainable, and not negatively impact the Sandhill crane population in the long-term. AWA has also expressed concern over the potential risk this hunt could have on Whooping cranes; the eastern flyway is used by both crane species, which could increase the risk of misidentification by hunters to Whooping cranes.

AWA’s letter to the Canadian Wildlife Service is posted here.

Take Action

Write the Canadian Wildlife Service at to let them know what you think about the proposed amendments. The deadline for comments is Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Prairie Region
Eastgate Offices
9250 – 49th Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6B 1K5
Phone: 780-951-8700
Fax: 780-495-2615

Important Links

Proposals to amend the Canadian Migratory Birds Regulations – December 2019

Populations Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada report – November 2019

For information on the consultation process to establish the migratory birds hunting regulations



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