The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department looks to take aim at reducing urban geese in an around Sioux Falls.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department is proposing a "Metro Goose Hunting Season" that would move the goose season from fall to November through February in the hopes that the later season would provide more opportunities for hunters to help control the increasing goose population.
Increasing numbers of Canada Geese in the Sioux Falls area are not only creating an inconvenience for the residents of the city, but are also posing a legitimate safety concern.
Numbers of geese are particularly high during the winter months when the Big Sioux River is often the only open water option for the geese.
Many residents are frustrated with the amount of droppings left by the geese in the area, and while the droppings certainly are unpleasant, a greater concern of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department is the safety threat that these geese pose to air traffic in and out of Sioux Falls Regional Airport.
Over the past several years there have been incidents of airplanes colliding with geese. With the introduction of a late goose season, the Game, Fish and Parks department hopes to reduce the hazard created by large numbers of geese in and around the Sioux Falls region.
In the end, the proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is a great opportunity for local hunters and a needed solution to a growing problem.