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      Ottumwa goose round-up underway

      The city of Ottumwa announced on Tuesday that they are planning on relocating some of the geese in Greater Ottumwa Park.

      With the help of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the city will start trapping some of the geese this week.

      DNR will transport and relocate the goslings to a wildlife area while the adult geese will be moved to another location in the southwestern part of the state.ã??

      The goal is to safely manage the Canada goose population within Ottumwa Park.ã??ã??

      The round-up is designed to maintain a healthy population of geese. It should also help keep popular areas of the park, like the Campgrounds and the Beach cleaner.

      Press release from the City of Ottumwa

      The City of Ottumwa has requested the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to reduce the Canada goose population in the vicinity of the Ottumwa City Park.ã?? The IDNRâ??s involvement is due to legal requirements with both federal and state migratory waterfowl law.ã??ã?? A goose roundup will occur the week of June 23, 2014 at Ottumwa City Park.ã?? The City will erect and bait three traps in advance of the roundup.ã?? IDNR will transport and relocate the goslings to a wildlife area while the adult geese will be moved to another location in the southwestern part of the state.ã??

      The goal is to safely manage the Canada goose population within Ottumwa Park.ã??ã?? Wildlife is an important part of our natural resources.ã?? The roundup is part of maintaining a healthy and sustainable population.ã??ã?? It also helps keep a cleaner environment for people visiting Ottumwa Park, the Park Campground, the trail system and the Beach Ottumwa.

      Contact Joe Helfenberger, City Administrator at 641-683-0600, helfenberger@ci.ottumwa.ia.usã?? or Gene Rathje, Park Director, 641-682-7873, rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.usã?? with questions or concerns.ã??

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