August 3, 1997

Geese Proliferate

Anchorage Daily News


Even Alaska isn’t big enough to avoid problems between people and growing numbers of Canada geese.

Almost nonexistent in the Anchorage area 30 years ago, the birds have become so abundant that they’ve become nuisances on the ground and in the air.

Ironically, the population boom is man-made, wildlife officials say. Humans have created the ideal habitat for the birds: lush, mowed lawns, parks and golf courses. And people are feeding them.

Options for managing the geese include killing them or the embryos in their eggs, moving the geese elsewhere, and passing laws to keep people from feeding them.

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