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Breeding duck numbers improve; Canada goose population declines

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Despite lingering winter weather that included record late ice-out in 2013, Minnesota's breeding duck populations improved from last year, according to the results of the annual Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) spring waterfowl surveys.

The state's estimated breeding duck population was 683,000 compared with last year's estimate of 469,000. This year's estimate is 10 percent above the long-term average of 620,000 breeding ducks.

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