The Indiana Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct controlled goose reductions in the coming months. According to the DNR large amounts of goose waste at park beaches, picnic areas, and fishing locations are raising a number of concerns. Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Mike Mycroft says the geese can harm the environment and be a nuisance.
“There are a lot of areas where vegetation has been stripped causing some erosion which sort of has a cascading effect on the ecology of local water areas- lakes and so forth,” Mycroft said. “But it also has a bit of a health effect that some visitors seem to mention.”
The hunts will take place in November, December, and January at Potato Creek, Ouabache, Chain O’Lakes, Whitewater Memorial, Shakamak and Lincoln Parks. Hunters who want to participate in the reductions have to register by October 10.