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Wilson’s Snipe — Conservation Status

One of the most intensively hunted of all birds, Wilson’s Snipes were killed by the thousands by 19th century North American market hunters. Snipe populations have probably never recovered their historic abundance, though the species survived largely due to its secretive habits and tendency not to assemble in large flocks. A complete ban on snipe hunting existed in the United States from 1941 to 1953. Today the bird is again legal game in many states, though as with all water-loving birds, the snipe’s future health is susceptible to periods of drought and the ongoing loss and contamination of wetlands.