The “aggressive” bird that appears in Arkansas is an invading goose from Africa.


The “aggressive” type of geese that emerge in Arkansas are an unwelcome invasion species from Africa and are rapidly becoming widespread, state officials say.

Egyptian geese “Once popular in zoos and aviaries” However, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, some have managed to escape and find a suitable home in the wild.

Goose has recently The number started to increase in Arkansas Watchful state wildlife authorities.

“They can devastate crop species and compete with native waterfowl for resources.” The state states in the report.

“This species can be very aggressive and can chase native waterfowl and wildlife from its habitat,” the state reports. “Egyptian geese can spread the disease because they often live and breed near commercial poultry and wild waterfowl.”

The state’s wildlife authorities are working with the University of Arkansas Wildlife Research Unit to find out why the numbers are rising rapidly and how far the birds are spreading. The population is now known to live in the northwestern Arkansas and the Arkansas River Valley, officials say.

This species is native to Central and Southern Africa. Their striking look includes beige, “dark brown, dark orange, black, white” patches, the Commission says.

“A distinctive dark brown patch surrounds our eyes,” says the state. “The beak is pink on the top and black on the bottom.”

The solution to the bird epidemic was not mentioned in the report.

However, the hunters quickly stepped into social media and asked if they could start harvesting geese as bait.

NS “Egyptian goose open seasonIs not currently part of the plan, the state replied.

“Egyptian geese are not legal to accept Arkansas,” the Commission wrote on Facebook. “goose Can only be taken During the open season, no open season has been established for Egyptian geese. “

In addition, the department added: Don’t taste good. “

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