Authorities intervene after youngster captures sandhill crane |

Authorities intervene after youngster captures sandhill crane

A youngster captured a newly hatched sandhill crane close to Park City High School on Sunday, taking it home with him before the authorities intervened, the Park City Police Department and a state wildlife official said.

Bruce Johnson, the Division of Wildlife Resources officer assigned to the Park City area, said the police received a report at approximately 2:30 p.m. from someone who saw the boy, an 8-year-old, walking home with the bird.

Johnson and the police responded to the report, arriving at the boy’s home shortly later. Johnson said the boy indicated the bird appeared to him to be a duck. The authorities retrieved the sandhill crane from the residence. Johnson declined to discuss where the boy lives.

The bird was in good condition when it was recovered. Johnson said sandhill cranes are protected by federal and state laws. Johnson said he talked to the boy and his parents about laws that protect wildlife.

Johnson estimates the bird is approximately two weeks old. Johnson released the sandhill crane at a spot off S.R. 224 close to the McPolin Farm, the location of the nearest known mating sandhill cranes.

Johnson said sandhill cranes are common in Summit County. He suggests people not capture or handle wildlife.

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