MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A decades-long boom in the population of snow geese is leading Vermont and New York to expand hunting seasons as part of a broader plan to cut their numbers in half across North America.
In Vermont, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is hoping the spring hunting season will reduce the population of the birds as they travel between their wintering grounds in the mid-Atlantic states to their Arctic breeding grounds in Canada. This year's hunting season is March 11-April 26.
The birds mostly use the Lake Champlain corridor during their spring and fall migrations, although some use the Connecticut River corridor.
There is a similar expansion in the hunting season in New York where the spring snow goose hunting season is in effect through April 15.
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