BEST VIEWING & HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES
• Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, Trumbull County
• Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottawa County
• Shenango Wildlife Area, Trumbull County
• Sandusky Bay, Ottawa, Sandusky & Erie counties
• Ottawa NWR, Ottawa & Lucas counties
The migrant Canada goose most commonly seen in Ohio is from the Interior race originating in the James Bay region of the Canadian sub-arctic. This population has been under intense pressure due to habitat destruction on their arctic breeding grounds from overuse by snow geese and competition from temperate breeding Giant Canada geese. The population trend has been stable in recent years. The 2012 breeding population estimate of 94,943 birds was slightly lower than the 2011 estimate of 98,948. The 2012 estimate of 77,503 breeding pairs is also slightly lower than the 2011 estimate of 86,891(Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources). Harvest and viewing opportunities in Ohio should be similar to 2011.
Survey details and historical data can be found in the Wetland Species Overview of the Wildlife Population Status and Hunting Forecast.