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Endangered whooping cranes produce new baby in Marathon County

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - 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 5 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 20 nests were lost earlier this month – and officials say the lone surviving nest has at least one chick.

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