Stop the capture of Wild Hybrid Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane Chicks

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Stop the capture of Wild Hybrid Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane Chicks

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Jody (Liela J) Kuchar started this petition to WCEP on Facebook: US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership

Social Media publically reported the hatching of a hybrid "WhoopHill" crane chick at Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin. Thousands of people watched videos and viewed images of the chicks development and took interest in the realm of evolutionary science. The chick was captured in Mid July 2015 as the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership feels it deters the reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to the wild. Whooping Crane conservation has increased the numbers of whooping cranes, but has not resulted in a stable wild breeding population. In fact, the whooping crane gene pool is too shallow to allow for a healthy, viable wild population. Natural whooping crane and sandhill crane hybrids are known to have occured since the 1980s, but the fate of those hybrids is unknown by the public. As whooping cranes and sandhill cranes are a chromosomal match, the hybrids are likely to be fertile. As such, they are also likely to strengthen the gene pool for whooping cranes. It is a noble effort to continue Whooping crane conservation; it is also a noble effort for science based organizations to allow for the survival of the hybrid cranes who are developing social sexual imprints due to shared habitat and loss of individual species habitat. The hybrids may present an opportunity for whooping cranes to evolve for the future changes in our climate and landscape rather than face extinction.

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