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Canada goose breeding population increase in Magic Valley Region

JEROME - Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists counted 712 Canada goose breeding pairs in the Magic Valley Region this spring. This is the most birds biologist have counted in the region since 1998.

Drought conditions in the Magic Valley Region have continued to drive goose numbers down over the past six years, while goose number throughout much of the Rocky Mountain Region continue to remain high.

Low goose reproduction numbers was the main reason for the Magic Valley Region's lower bag limits. While the rest of the state has a four dark-goose bag limit, the Magic Valley Region could only substance a three-goose limit.

The information gathered from the count in the Magic Valley Region and counts conducted in other parts of the county have been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The count information enables them to follow national trends in goose populations. Biologists will use the information to set season length and bag limits for the fall hunting seasons throughout Idaho and the United States.

Goose reproduction, like with all game animals, is a key component in setting season lengths, bag limits, and methods of take. As populations increase, it allows biologist to increase opportunity while maintaining population goals.

Year Pairs Total

82 559 1483

83 470 1451

84 557 1162

85 550 1331

86 461 1029

87 577 1504

88 814 2057

89 621 1081

90 802 1729

91 735 1831

92 650 1528

93 686 1282

94 892 2009

95 621 1571

96 329 730

97 ND ND

98 875 2262

99 613 1955

00 571 1282

01 532 1231

02 632 1177

03 497 1023

04 712 1533

Average 598 1402