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Ind. hunters took 6,300 honkers last Feb.

January 25, 2010 at 08:12 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State wildlife officials say Indiana hunters killed an estimated 6,300 Canada geese last year during a special hunting season.

State waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps says nearly 3,000 hunters took part in the February 2009 hunt. The estimated 6,300 birds they bagged brings the two-year total for the special hunts to more than 11,000 Canada geese.

Large flocks of Canada geese have become a nuisance in many parts of Indiana and other states because they eat the grass and leave their excrement near homes and businesses.

The state Department of Natural Resources says large numbers of the geese can degrade water quality and cause erosion. The DNR began the hunts after determining that non-lethal methods of controlling the birds had not worked.

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