No Spring Canada Goose Program In South Dakota This Year

South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks department will not implement a spring Canada goose reduction program this year because it hasn’t been effective in the past.

The experimental program in place the last two years involved authorized volunteers killing resident Canada geese during April through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit.

The goal was to reduce numbers of the geese that damage crops. State Wildlife Damage Program Administrator Keith Fisk says “the desired outcome was not achieved,” so the management approach won’t be used this year.

Canada goose hunting still will occur in August and September. Game, Fish and Parks also will continue to help landowners who suffer crop damage from the birds.