Ross’s geese, lesser snow geese, and greater snow geese are collectively referred to as “light geese” or “white geese." Abundance of some light goose populations increased dramatically during the past decades and continues to remain at high levels. Adverse impacts from these increasing populations were first identified in the 1990's. A substantial amount of research and effort has been devoted to understanding the effects that these populations have had, and are having, on habitats and other species.
Populations, Research, and Overabundance
Additional light goose regulations were implemented beginning in the 1990's to help control population growth and address management concerns. These regulations allowed for the use of additional hunting methods, established a conservation order and altered management practices on some national wildlife refuges. These regulations are described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement on Light Goose Management.