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Associated Press, Published February 08 2010

Game and Fish done with waterfowl survey

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says harsh winter conditions beginning in mid-December pushed most waterfowl out of the state.

The agency’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey found only 25,400 Canada geese wintering on the Missouri River in early January.

Last year’s severe winter broke the pattern of more geese staging on the Missouri River in North Dakota, when only 9,700 geese were counted during the midwinter survey. Before that, several years of unseasonably mild winter weather allowed numbers of Canada geese using the river through winter to increase.

Waterfowl biologist Mike Szymanski says geese reached a record high of 175,000 in 2008.

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