Michigan ships thousands of pesky urban geese to Iowa


Mar 11, 2001
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State ships Canada geese off to Iowa

Workers transport 4,100 Michigan birds to conservation area

By David Shepardson / The Detroit News

Canada geese such as these are overwhelming the state, experts say.
  MILFORD -- Iowa is now home to thousands of Michigan's unwanted Canada geese.
  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources last week trucked the last of 4,100 Canada geese to a conservation area 550 miles away, near Chelsea, Iowa.

  "We'll gave them as many as they were willing to accept," said state wildlife biologist Earl Flegler.

  DNR workers took seven truckloads of about 575 honking birds each.

  In the early 1950s, Canada geese were close to extinction in the United States.

  After three decades of protected status, the birds' numbers have grown exponentially, to more than 4 million in the United States, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  "We didn't have any geese here 30 years ago," said Brian Kelly, assistant superintendent at Kensington Metro Park. "Now, every open source of water attracts geese."

  The migratory birds are staying year-round in Michigan in increasing numbers, especially near water at public parks and golf courses.

  Michigan's Canada goose population is up slightly this year, to an estimated 212,923, over 198,269 in 2001, the DNR reported. That's still down from the high of nearly 275,000 in the mid-1990s.

  At the 4,300-acre Kensington Metro Park near Milford, park workers corraled about 65 geese last week for transport.

  The birds are a nuisance, Kelly said, leaving droppings all over the docks and boat launches.

  "We spend a lot of time cleaning up after them," he said.

  This is the third and probably last year Iowa will accept Michigan's deported geese; three-quarters of the geese came from southeast Michigan.

  The state has tried many solutions to the problem.

  It has donated geese killed in special hunts to soup kitchens, issued hundreds of permits this spring to residents to destroy goose nests and strongly discouraged feeding of geese.

  "We really don't know what we're going to do next year," said Flegler of the DNR. "We're running out of places to send the birds."

You can reach David Shepardson at (313) 222-2028 or dshepardson@detnews.com.


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Mar 15, 2001
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I know where you can send them how about 5000 to WISTER:toast-yellow:


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Nov 7, 2001
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Now there is less pressure so the ones left will hatch more to fill in the empty spots..... DUH!!!!!!!

Sounds like they need to open the areas up to archery. I am sure a few hunters would help them out with the problem.
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