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Rural Canada Geese moving into cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-  Washington State biologists plan to trap, tag and release around 1,000 Canada Geese this month.

It's a way of measuring population trends in Eastern Washington.

Leaders with the Department of Fish and Wildlife say nesting has gone down in rural areas over the last ten years.

But complaints of goose populations in urban areas, like the Tri-Cities, have gone up.

"There are fewer coyotes and other predators within the urban areas so that's the benefit they find nesting in the urban areas," says Wildlife Biologist Mike Livingston

"Me and my mom come out here quite a bit and it's kind of gross. Lots of geese poop everywhere. I don't like it; it's really hard for us to walk," says Destiny Brito on a walk with her mother.

Livingston says the population shift has probably occurred from geese moving into urban areas and staying year-round. He says it's a hit to the ecosystem with predators losing out on an important source of prey.