The ubiquitous Canada goose is one of the best known birds in North America. It is found in every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province at one time of the year or another.
Canada goose populations represent a successful wildlife protection program that revived dwindling numbers in the beginning of the 20th century. The birds were guarded by law and even reintroduced in some areas where their numbers had become low. Today the geese are a popular game bird, and some management concerns centre on keeping populations in check because of their detrimental effect on crops
Average life span in the wild: 24 years
Size: Body, 30 to 43 in (76 to 110 cm); Wingspan, 4.2 to 5.6 ft (1.3 to 1.7 m)
Weight: 6.6 to 19.8 lbs (3 to 9 kg)
Group name: Flock
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