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April weather puts damper on special SD goose hunt

PIERRE (AP) -- South Dakota wildlife officials say a cold April with snow and ice storms put a damper on an experimental month-long program to reduce Canada geese depredation in six problem counties.

Keith Fisk with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks tells the Capital Journal that only 820 geese were killed. Officials were hoping that hunters might take at least 3,000.

The special hunt was held in the eastern counties of Day, Kingsbury, Brookings, Lake, McCook and Minnehaha. Fisk says participation was way down from what was expected because of the bad weather.

Canada geese cause problems for farmers by feasting on crops such as corn and soybeans. Since 2000, the state has spent more than $4.3 million fighting the problem through efforts such as chemical deterrents and electric fences.

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