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Old 05-03-2019, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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There was only one subspecies of the Canada goose listed as a endangered/threatened species. The Aleutian Canada goose that is the smallest subspecies, about the size of a large duck. Foxes introduced to islands in the Aleutian chain by fur farmers wiped out nests and goslings. Foxes were removed from the islands, the goose population recovered, so the subspecies was removed from the list in 2001. Unless you happen to live in specific areas along the west coast you won't see one and even there they are uncommon. These are not the birds hanging out on golf courses or park ponds.
The dusky subspecies of Canada goose also suffered a population crash, partly due to the Alaskan earthquake of 1964. It raised the level of their main breeding ground on the Copper River Delta by 6 feet and opened it up to much more depredation by bears and coyotes. A lot of work by government and private groups has improved their breeding options and population. Almost all of them winter in Western Oregon and limits on hunting them have helped. With the exception of an occasional straggler, you never see them going to places around human habitation. Incidentally, the Aleutian subspecies is now classified as a cackling goose and is no longer regarded as a Canada goose.

The calls of Canada geese and their smaller relatives are beautiful music to me. I lived surrounded by a large flock of them for decades on our farm and sometimes, the ones I hand-raised were in our house. I never had any sort of illness from exposure to them. Talk about them spreading disease with their droppings, is just hyperbole, from the anti-goose crowd. Having such noble birds around is a blessing, but some people are too aesthetically-challenged to appreciate them.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:12 PM
 
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So does that mean we can start hunting them?
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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So does that mean we can start hunting them?

Fortunately, they're too smart and have senses that are too sharp, for most hunters to have much success with them.
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Old Today, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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We had a LOT of them in the area we lived in the Metro Detroit area since we were right next to a park with a waterbody and also right next to a golf course. They weren't really an issue but they were messy since they seemed to poop more than they ate somehow. The neighbor next door got a Rottweiler that he trained to chase off geese and we benefited as a side effect since the dog would also scare off geese he saw in our yard. I don't mind the geese but not going to lie, it was nice not having a yard full of goose s_t anymore. Good dog!
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