DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A survey by the Department of Natural Resources shows the number of breeding ducks and geese in Minnesota is significantly higher than last year.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the state’s estimated breeding duck population was 687,000. That’s up from last year’s estimate of 531,000, and 11 percent higher than the long-term average of 622,000 breeding ducks.

The Canada goose population is estimated at 370,000. That’s up from last year’s estimate of 311,000.

And the DNR says the estimated number of wetlands is the highest on record, at 360,000. That’s 44 percent above the long-term average.

DNR waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts says with these wetland conditions, he expects a good number of ducks to be hatched this year.

The DNR will announce this fall’s waterfowl hunting regulations this month.

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Comments (4)
  1. Sam I am says:

    There is absolutely no reason to keep the geese around. They are the most vile animals on the planet.

    I could solve world hunger…

    1. diane says:

      I have to agree on the geese issue. I have 50 or 60 of them in my back yard at the moment and I will herd them out of the area, and I turn my back and they come right back. They pollute the area that they are eating in with their poop and then work their way up the hill to the house and around all my gardens, it is such a mess my Granddaughters can’t even play in the yard. I’ve asked the DNR about ways to get rid of them so many times with no results, they said to go to our city Board and talk to them. When I went to them, they directed me right back to our local DNR offfice. We are doomed. They only good thing is that they should be flying away soon (just about the time we can start to hunt them) and our yard can heal.

  2. ra says:

    That’s great. I like wildlife and nature much better than I like most arrogant, egotistical people that only think about themselves and the “What’s in it for me attitude”.

  3. DARREN says:

    NO SH%T? Geese Populatioin is up?

    How much did we spend on this study?