ALBANY (AP) - New York environmental regulators are expanding the snow goose hunting season to help reduce an overpopulation of snow geese in eastern North America.
The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that a special harvest season is in effect from now through April 15.
The regular snow goose hunting season runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15. A special season was established in 2008 in response to environmental damage caused by an overpopulation of snow geese. The special season has previously started on March 11, but officials are opening it now to allow hunters to shoot geese in late winter and early spring when they're most abundant.
The arctic-breeding species has expanded from about 50,000 birds in the 1960s to more than a million in recent years.