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   Escaped commieny  Florida Sand cranes:
   April 3 at 18:08 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  They are aggressive little buggers, caused me to swerve the car and hit a garbage can, bent the mirror, and before that tried to get a picture in the front yard and was chased back into the house. they tease the dogs and would get "smacked" but are protected, bah humbug.
April 3 at 18:11 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Why is feeding cranes prohibited?
Cranes fed by humans can become aggressive toward people. In several instances, children have been attacked by cranes. Cranes fed by humans also have been known to damage window screens and do other property damage. This behavior is probably a response of the birds to seeing their reflection, bringing out a territorial defense behavior (scratching at windows or shiny automobiles ). Cranes also are more likely to tangle in human garbage in areas populated by people. Cranes are more likely to crash into power lines in urban areas where such aerial hazards are concentrated. Cranes attracted to people's yards for feed are put at risk as they walk across roads. Many sandhill cranes are killed each year on Florida roads (see photo ). Attracting cranes to urban areas increases the threat of predation (especially to young cranes ) by dogs or cats. Further, the cranes' diets, which normally are quite diverse, are disrupted when they eat one food item (such as corn ), consistently. Heavy pesticide use in urban lawns also is of concern. Young sandhill cranes have died from pesticide poisoning.
http://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conser
ve/wildlife/sandhill-cranes/
April 3 at 18:15 EST .

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   Gram77  These birds are quite brazen. They don't move for cars. They stand there and you have to go around them. And not to mention the squawk they make.
April 3 at 20:15 EST .

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   StormCnter  You have cranes, we have wild geese who love to land and float around in private swimming pools. Homeowners are prohibited from harming them, but someone who shall remain nameless has taken a shovel and removed their nest from under her hollies. The County Agent said "just don't tell me about it".
April 4 at 07:50 EST .

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   Gram77  I think "nameless" made a good decision.
April 4 at 11:36 EST .

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   3XALADY  I never had any problem with the birds, just figured they were aerating the lawn and I enjoyed seeing them in my yard. Loved seeing the babies in the Spring and felt sorry for the one roaming around by itself because I figured it had lost its mate. Thanks for adding the picture, EC. Don't know why mine didn't work. Also am familiar with the Canadian geese as they are around here (MO ) also. Like with Mother Nature, there's always something.
April 4 at 14:05 EST .

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