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Aleutian Cackling Goose of Alaska

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Common Name: Aleutian Cackling Goose
Latin: Branta hutchinsii leucopareia
Yup'ik: laqlaqlaaraq
Other Names: Aleutian cackling goose, Branta canadensis leucognaphalus,

Description

Aleutian Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) were once thought extinct until a surviving group was found in 1962, on Buldir Island, by Robert Jones. They look like most any Cackling Geese with a black head and neck with white cheeks, but a white ring at the base of the neck, and smaller in size.

Back from Extinction

The Aleutian Cackling Goose numbers dwindled from Arctic Foxes being introduced on the breeding islands with in Aleutian Islands in Alaska and the Commander, and Kuril Islands in Russia. They were introduced for the harvesting of their fur by Russian fur traders between 1836 and 1930. Fox began pilfering eggs and young from nesting grounds. A program began to remove the fox from islands hosting the geese and captive breeding programs. The geese went grew from 790 geese in 1967 to being removed from the Endangered Species list in 2001 with over 30,000 in numbers.

Diet & Habitat

Aleutian Cackling Goose winter in California and Oregon.