Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Lewis and Clark in North Dakota:
Wildlife Then & Now
Common or Canadian Goose (Canada Goose)
Because they were common back east little reference was made to the Canada goose
other than they were abundant and some displayed the unusual behavior of nesting
in trees along the Missouri River. The giant Canada goose was found throughout
the state, and remained common into the 1880s. By the 1920s they were considered
rare breeders in the state with only a few nesting in Ramsey and Kidder counties.
In 1938 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and later the North Dakota Game
and Fish Department began reintroducing birds to the state. Later, work shifted
to transplanting geese to other public and private lands. This reintroduction
is now considered a textbook example of a wildlife management success story.
Today giant Canada geese again nest throughout the state.
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