From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department
-- South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department is offering citizens the opportunity to review a five-year draft management plan for resident Canada geese.
The plan is written with a goal of providing maximum recreational opportunities that are consistent with a healthy goose population, habitat constraints and tolerance levels of private landowners and the public. The draft is now open for review during a 30-day public comment period.
“The resident Canada goose population in South Dakota is a wildlife success story,” said Spencer Vaa, GFP senior waterfowl biologist. “From goose restoration efforts in the 1960s, we have gone to restrictive seasons and bag limits, and now to liberalized seasons and issues of urban nuisance and agricultural crop damage.”
The draft management plan can be found on the GFP Web site at www.sdgfp.info under the What’s New heading. People can also use the internet link to provide feedback on the plan.
“Some people consider the Canada goose a trophy compared to any other waterfowl hunt, some are experiencing crop damage in certain parts of the state, and others simply enjoy watching and photographing Canada geese,” Vaa said. “We encourage the public to review this management plan and provide comments to help guide the future management of resident Canada geese.”
A printed copy of the report can be obtained by writing: Game, Fish and Parks; 523 East Capitol Avenue; Pierre, SD, 57501. Written comments on the draft plan may be mailed to the same address. The deadline for input is 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010.