- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey indicated a record 222,890 Canada geese in the state.

The survey was done in early January. Migratory game bird biologist Andy Dinges says about 110,000 Canada geese were observed on the Missouri River, and more than 25,000 were scattered on Nelson Lake in Oliver County.

Lake Sakakawea usually is iced-over in early January but had substantial open water during this year’s survey. There were more than 87,000 geese on the lake.

Dinges says that in addition, 15,400 mallard ducks were tallied statewide.

Dinges describes wintering conditions for waterfowl as “excellent,” with little snow cover and good availability of food.

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