It's open season on Canada geese in upstate New York.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that this year's goose hunting season will run through Sept. 25. It began Friday.
"New York is home to more than 200,000 resident Canada geese, and the September seasons are designed to allow recreational hunters the most opportunity allowed by federal hunting season frameworks to help the state reach our population goal of approximately 85,000 nesting birds," said Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Each year, goose hunters from around the state harvest approximately 50,000 Canada geese during these special seasons."
The DEC reported that the September hunting seasons are important in keeping Canada goose populations managed, especially among those that breed in New York and nearby states.
Rapidly proliferating geese populations have irked municipal and parks officials around the Buffalo Niagara region for years because of their prodigious fecal droppings.