May 7, 2013 at 6:23 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a statewide survey of Canadian geese is underway.
The survey--which will run about seven days--started in the southern portion of the state and will move northward as the snow and ice melt.
The Minnesota Canada goose population has increased dramatically in recent years. Results from this survey will be used to set the 2013 bag limits and season lengths in hopes of keeping the population in check.
The survey will cover 160 random plots. Because the geese are difficult to see in thick nesting cover, researchers will use a DNR helicopter that allows them to fly at a low level.
The aerial survey began in 2001 and is conducted each spring.
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