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Endangered whooping crane chick hatches in Marathon County

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler) - Two endangered whooping cranes have produced a new baby in central Wisconsin.

The chick was hatched in the wild this week in Marathon County. It’s the offspring of a male and female that took part in a migration effort to increase the crane population in eastern North America. The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership says 25 chicks have hatched in the wild since 2006 – but all but five died from a variety of causes. Those five have fledged into the wild.

For the partnership, the hatching is much-needed good news after black flies hurt nesting efforts at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau County. All but one of the partnership’s 20 nests were lost earlier this month – and officials say the lone surviving nest has at least one chick.

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