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Urban geese relocated in annual roundup

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jun 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-03 19:21:55-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Flocks of wild geese are taking over some Utah parks, so the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is taking action to protect the birds.

Volunteers were at the Stonebridge Golf Club early Monday morning to help with the annual Urban Goose Roundup.

Rich Hansen, Utah DWR, said their goal is to relocate the birds to other places in the state.

"We will take the young up north and release them with wild birds that are in the marsh, and typically the young will imprint on wild birds, and they’ll migrate, and they’ll stay out of the city,” he said. “The adults we’ll take down to Delta, down to Clear Lake"

By putting such distance between the adults and their young, experts hope the birds will stay out of the city. Roundups similar to Monday's event will be going on throughout the state this week.