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Sandhill cranes appear to be targeted in one Florida community

At least 4 have been wounded with arrows
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Posted at 10:37 AM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 10:39:45-04

UMATILLA, Fla.-- Residents of Umatilla, Florida say someone is apparently targeting sandhill cranes passing through the area during their annual migration.

Jane Lynn says it's a joy to see the cranes in her yard, but in the last few weeks, she's seen some that sadden her.

She says she's counted four with arrows stuck through their bodies.

"That's the ones we've seen, how many others are in other places?" Lynn says. "You're killing and maiming an animal that's doing nothing to anybody."

She says she has no doubt the birds are literally being targeted, and she's sure she's seen different cranes hit.

"Absolutely. The arrows are in different parts of their bodies and it's different types of arrows," she says.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials told WESH.com on Wednesday that anyone proven to have knowingly harmed a sandhill crane, will face charges.

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