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Out There: Islands of geese

Four decades ago, there were none. Giant Canada geese now are quite common in the Arkansas River Valley.

Updated: May 7, 2004, 12:48 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

Just south of Clarksville, Ark., near the mouth of Spadra Creek, you can stand on the high limestone ledges bordering Lake Dardanelle and see, across the water, several small islands.

The largest covers no more than a few acres; the smallest isn't much bigger than an urban backyard.

Trees, shrubs and grasses blanket each one, concealing the animals that live in this offshore realm.

Signs of beavers are everywhere — trees encircled with tooth-marked grooves; peeled twigs, ...

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