NJ approves hunt for snow geese

January 9, 2009 7:40:35 AM PST
New Jersey is rolling up the welcome mat for snow geese. The state Fish and Wildlife Division will allow hunters to kill an unlimited number of the birds from March 11 to April 18.

Officials say they hope the hunt will curb the growing population.

Officials blame snow geese for damaging farm fields and nesting areas for shore birds.

Snow-goose hunting was stopped in the eastern part of the United States in 1916 due to low population. Hunting was allowed again in 1975 when the population increased.

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