The Snow Goose Population Problem
By Mike Johnson
Game and Fish Migratory Game Bird Management Supervisor
North Dakota Outdoors - August 1996
Most North Dakotans know snow geese. Huge flocks of white and blue "wavies"
noisily course our skies, rest in our wetlands and feed in our fields each
spring and fall. North Dakota provides important habitats for these magnificent
migrators during their twice-annual travels between remote arctic nesting
grounds and rich coastal wintering areas.
Perhaps several million snow geese stop here to rest and feed, preparing
for migration and reproduction. In October and November, snow geese are
a major attraction for waterfowlers.
There are lots of snow geese - and unfortunately, that's a problem. Snow
geese are in serious trouble. This growing population is destroying its
own habitat. Waterfowl managers, who for generations have tried to restore,
build and maintain populations, are now for the first time faced with an
overabundant international waterfowl population.
Why is the snow geese population steadily growing? Why is it so large?
What can be done about it? OUTDOORS will address these questions in a
two-part series. In part one we will take a close look at snow geese, to
explore the cause and extent of the problem. Next month, in part two, we'll
examine some solutions that are being discussed.
Too Many Geese
Last Modified Sept. 17, 1996
Snow Goose Populations
Addressing the Problem
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