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Final Alpena goose hunt happening this Thursday

ALPENA, Mich. — The third and final goose hunt of the year in Alpena is set for this Thursday. From 5 a.m. until 1 p.m, the Alpena County Fairgrounds and Mich-e-ke-wis Park will be closed to the public as two groups of hunters look to decrease the Alpena goose population.

Last week was the second hunt but there were no geese around. Building Official, Donald Gilmet, said for all three hunts, they’re looking to get around 100 geese total.

They will also incorporate harassment techniques, which involve someone with a dog driving around and scaring the geese away. “They’ll go to the football fields, the baseball and athletic fields,” said Gilmet. “The high school, if the geese are there, he’ll just let the dog out and he’ll chase them and make them fly. He’ll go to the soccer fields. You know, the places where you see them all the time and where they’re causing problems.”

Residents are asked to avoid the area while the hunt is taking place.