Ohio delays geese hunt at state parks

Geese in Mill Creek Park - Youngstown, Ohio

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) – The state of Ohio has decided to delay a special hunting season on Canada geese at nine southern Ohio parks that was scheduled to begin on Labor Day.

The two-week season, during which hunters reduce the population of migrant Canada geese at select state park beaches, will begin on Tuesday instead.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the beach hunting program began after state officials exhausted alternative remedies to managing the geese, which live year-round live at the parks rather than migrating.

Coyote decoys, specially trained dogs and noise-making devices all failed to shoo away the growing flocks, whose droppings are a major source of bacteria.

Officials say the season was delayed after media questions about starting the hunt on the holiday.

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