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Use of a helicopter to capture flighted cranes

June 16, 2010

Using a helicopter, we pursued 12 sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) and captured 6. In forested habitat, cranes could be forced down, but we were unable to deploy the pursuit team, so cranes could not be captured. In open habitat, every crane we pursued was captured. Target cranes were forced to the ground in 0.3-14 minutes. Adjusting pursuit distance (50-150 m) was essential in promoting fatigue and in preventing escape of target cranes.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1998
Title Use of a helicopter to capture flighted cranes
Authors D. H. Ellis, D. Hjertaas, B.W. Johns, R.P. Urbanek
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Wildlife Society Bulletin
Index ID 5223645
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center