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DWR cleaning up Salt Lake Valley with a goose roundup

MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - There is a goose problem in the Salt Lake valley. The Department of Wildlife Resources is working this week on a goose roundup. They are focusing on golf courses and community parks to get rid of the, at times, annoying bird.
MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - There is a goose problem in the Salt Lake valley. The Department of Wildlife Resources is working this week on a goose roundup. They are focusing on golf courses and community parks to get rid of the, at times, annoying bird.

While to us, geese might just be annoying.

For DWR, it's a problem.

Rich Hansen, Farmington Bay Manager, explained "Winter populations go up between 8 and 12 thousand geese wintering in salt lake valley, last year it was half that. We have a problem, too many geese!"

Early June, every year, DWR does a goose round up!

The spring is the best time because the birds are molting, and they can't fly as well making it a bit easier to catch.

To catch the geese, DWR teams and volunteers get the birds attention and corral them into a fenced off area where they can attack grabbing the birds one at a time.

Once the birds are captured, each one is checked and tagged to be monitored.

In the next week DWR will relocate the birds. The young go to the northern part of the state and the old south. The hope, city geese will become wild geese.

Hansen said, "Geese are good at adopting other geese, so the city geese will imprint on the wild geese."

The capture is good for the birds, but even better for anyone wanting to enjoy being outside with a little less goose poop!



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