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07-15-2010 03:30 AM

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13/07/2010 12:49:15 PM

CBC News
Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have killed hundreds of Canada geese in a bid to improve airline security, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The geese had been living in Prospect Park, a 2.4-square-kilometre park in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is used widely for recreational purposes.

Last Thursday morning, wildlife officials and biologists descended on the park, herded the geese into crates and took them to a nearby building where they were gassed, USDA spokeswoman Carol A. Bannerman told the Times.
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“We are talking about aviation and passenger and property safety,” Bannerman is quoted as saying, in defending the measure. “In New York City, from 1981 to 1999, the population increase [of geese] was sevenfold.”

Geese blamed for accident

In January 2009, a large flock of Canada geese slammed head-on into a US Airways jetliner shortly after it took off from New York’s LaGuardia airport, forcing it to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River.

But aviation safety is not listed among the many problems – accumulation of droppings, fouling of recreational areas, attacks on humans – that can “quickly develop as bird numbers increase,” according to a USDA fact sheet.

The same fact sheet also suggests that euthanizing Canada geese is the most effective way to reduce their local population.

City parks officials granted permission for the birds’ removal but told the Times they were not notified of the specifics.

Local resident Anne-Katrin Titze called the geese’s removal “a horrible end,” the Times reported. Another resident, Seth Kaplan, said he was crushed when he heard what happened.

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 04:27 AM

So they pay many thousands of dollars to fly bears and wolves and other rodents to a location away from humans, but just kill the birds?

Hope they killed an even number, they mate for life.

Not saying I love them all, but we sure are used to seeing them on our ponds and walking around in the pastures in the spring and flying south in the fall.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 07-15-2010 11:55 PM

I have herd it said that if you have a flamingo in the area where there are a lots of geese the geese will leave. Flamingos may not survive I New York state because of the climate ? Do not know how much truth that holds? I Heard that ib Az. on a golf course where the geese had taken over.

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#3 posted 07-17-2010 08:38 AM

I think it is sad and so stupid, they who were involved obama should fire them all and then gas them to see jhow they like may they pay some day which am sure they will

-- jim

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#4 posted 07-17-2010 07:17 PM

Love they way they justify killing and being wasteful by gassing the geese. They did away with the gas chamber because it was inhumane to execute prisoners. Yet they consider it humane for birds. The very least they could have done was captured them, and at least butchered them to give to soup kitchens to help feed the needy. Instead of just killing them and wasting the meat that could have fed many. Maybe the people that decide these type of actions should be gassed for being so stupid in the first place.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 07-17-2010 07:39 PM

Way dont thry let us hunters shoot more than two a season. They would have so many to deal with and they would go to good use.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 09:33 PM

I’m usually one to stand up for animals, but those noisy annoying rude agressive walking poop factories have been asking for it for years.

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#7 posted 07-19-2010 10:23 PM

God bless America if its in their way kill it thats all they now how to do sorry but this makes me sick why not capture and release somewere more proper for the geese what a waste of wildlife


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 07-19-2010 10:43 PM

I personally think that no goose is worth a human life, if this is what we need to do to improve safty I am all for it, heck I’ve killed hundreds myself for no other reason than they taste good. They could kill thousands and there would still be plenty to go around.

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#9 posted 07-19-2010 10:50 PM

Dave i understand what your saying but there are better ways to deal with the situation

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#10 posted 07-19-2010 10:59 PM

I would suspect that if relocated, they’d just come back . . .. is a shame they couldnt have used for soup kitchen or something tho…

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 07:04 PM

I think the season on geese should be all year with no limint for a while. We are being overrun with them in the midwest and I’ll bet they are the cause of many slipping accidents- ever see their poop on a grassy hill. In the parks in Illinois and Michigan, all the sidewalks are covered in poop. They are grand looking birds but they are out of control. The same for Comorants who ate most of the walleye population in Michigan’s lower peninusula lakes. They are a neat sounding bird and it is fun to watch them dive while your fishing, but they clean the walleye out of our the lakes. In the UP I found that they shoot 1200 a year on Brevort lake and the walleye are coming back nicely. Wait until they start eating salmon and trout, then the sport fisherman might get the lawmakers to open season on them!!!..That my 2 cents on that….......

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 07:19 PM

I tend to want to protect the wildlife too, but like some have said, those geese are nasty. We have thousands of them around here too. They even chase you off the sidewalk if they have young ones around.
I was parked at a stop sign a few years ago and one ran out of the ditch and snapped at my truck tire. In Minnesota some years ago they caught a bunch of them and traded them to some western state for, I think, a bunch of elk. The elk are doing fine in northern Minnesota. The geese eventually all flew back to Minnesota. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 07:28 PM

I like all animals too but there are limitations.
Before I retired I worked at a drug lab installing a new piping system. The geese outside were such a problem they had to be dealt with. Just tracking in the poop was a health hazard. How would all the bleeding hearts like it if half the pill they were taking were contaminated with goose poop? Somewhere you have to reach a happy medium as to what is acceptable.

-- Life is good.

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 07:31 PM

I love the geese as much as anyone else.
I always watch them flying in wonder but they also are a nuisance.
I remember the story of farmer in Oregon who year after year had his harvest devastated by flock of “protected” canadian geneses.
As he said he was not protected by anyone or any law and year after year he worked for nothing.
Also geese where here long before us but if someone that you love was killed in an air plane crash caused by geese, what would you think?

-- Bert

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