Over 200 Canada Geese were recently moved to Crow Island State Game Area and 250 others were transported to Kawkawlin Creek Flooding State Wildlife Management Area.
The geese had become a reason to worry for residents of Oakland, Livingston, and Wayne counties. Therefore, the authorities decided to move them to a place where there would be better for them and the citizens as well.
According to Chris Compton, owner of Goose Busters, the geese were captured quite easy as they were unable to fly. During this period of the year, the waterfowl are molting, a process that prevents them from flying. Therefore, they were rounded up, herded into a bigger cage and transported with a truck.
According to Barry Sova, wildlife technician from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, also in charge of Crow Island and Quanicassee state game areas, the geese will remain there until they can fly again.
Another reason why the birds had to be relocated was that they were a threat to the water quality. Their feces can increase the level of E. coli in water sources and can causes illness such as the swimmer’s itch.
It is also worth mentioning that the hunting season for Canada Geese will start on September 1st, so some of the waterfowl will end up on a plate. Still, the presence of the geese is not something that occurs very often.
According to Kirk Copeland, one of the residents, he never had problems with these migratory birds over the last 33 years. He also added that he saw a lot of ducks, deer, and turkeys on his property, but just a few Canada Geese.
Furthermore, Sova underlined that the geese from the Crow Island State Game Area and Kawkawlin Creek Flooding State Wildlife Management Area will fly whenever they want when they stop molting. However, this relocation is always done with the approval from the federal government, because Canada Geese are a protected species.
They can only be taken down during the hunting season. Sova also stated that residents have nothing to worry about, because despite the fact that the waterfowl can fly from 5 to 15 miles or more, they will not come back in their counties. In addition to this, these geese usually stick to the areas where they are relocated.
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