State delays geese hunting in parks

Canada Geese. (Photo/provided)
Canada Geese. (Photo/provided)

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) – The state of Ohio has decided to delay a special hunting season on Canada geese at nine southern Ohio parks that was scheduled to begin on Labor Day.

The two-week season, during which hunters reduce the population of migrant Canada geese at select state park beaches, will begin on Tuesday instead.

Published reports say the beach hunting program began after state officials exhausted alternative remedies to managing the geese, which live year-round live at the parks rather than migrating.

Coyote decoys, specially trained dogs and noise-making devices all failed to shoo away the growing flocks, whose droppings are a major source of bacteria.

Officials say the season was delayed after media questions about starting the hunt on the holiday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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