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City goose hunts a success

Submitted by on December 3, 2019 – 12:38 amNo Comment

Alpena City building official Don Gilmet is calling this year’s goose control hunts successful.

The city has executed hunts over the past four years in an attempt to control the number of geese leaving behind their droppings on parks, the bi-path and other public spaces.

In 2019, three hunts were held, up one from the previous three years, on September 5th, 12th and 19th. A total of 115 geese were harvested, up from 85 in 2018, 99 in 2017 and 32 in 2016.

Gilmet, who has been in charge of the hunts, credits the increased harvest not only to one extra day of hunting, but also one extra hour each of the three days.

“Hopefully this will help reduce the number of geese that nest in the City and spend all summer along the bike path and parks,” Gilmet said. “The control hunts the previous two years seemed to have had very good effect. Large numbers of geese didn’t show up in the parks until late July into early August.”

Gilmet noted that several geese were donated to local citizens who requested them, and to the Chamber of Commerce for use at its annual dinner. He said there were no accidents or other issues during this year’s hunts.