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WATERFOWLING — North Dakota is opening what looks to be a bountiful hunting season on Canada Geese in mid-August to deal with the flyway's overly successful goose boom.
For the first time, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is recommending a daily bag limit of 15 and a possession limit of 30 for the early season that begins Aug. 15 and continues through mid-September.
That’s up from limits of eight and 16 during last year’s early season.
The reason for the liberal bag is simple, wildlife managers say:
There’s too many Canada geese out there - way too many, in some cases.
“Canada geese are definitely emerging as one of the Central Flyway’s top priorities up and down the flyway,” said Mike Szymanski, a migratory game bird biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. “It’s not just the Dakotas having issues; they’re superabundant, and prairie Canada has a ton of Canada geese, too.”
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency charged with regulating migratory bird seasons, North Dakota’s estimated Canada goose population this spring stood at a whopping 415,000 birds. That’s more than twice the 162,000 Canada geese tallied in the spring of 2000 and five times higher than the state Game and Fish Department’s management goal of 80,000 birds.
WILDLIFE — With no large predators, the elk roaming Theodore Roosevelt National Park have been too much of a good thing in North Dakota.
Volunteers help park managers by stepping up to kill 462 elk in the park this fall during the second year of the effort to drastically reduce the elk population. Last year they killed 406 elk in the park.
According to a story by Brett French of the Billings Gazette, the goal is to have a herd of 100 to 400 animals to lessen competition for forage among elk and other wildlife in the park, like deer, bison and feral horses.
What's in it for the volunteers? Satisfaction of hunting in paradise and a lot of hard work backpacking out the game in a park that forbids off-road travel.
Although the volunteers get a portion of the meat for their work, most of the meat is donated to area Food Banks, which are enjoying the windfall: The Park Service has donated about 20,000 pounds of meat to the needy plus 25,000 pounds to area Native American tribes.
Volunteers will be able to apply this summer for the fall 2012 work on the park’s website.