NEW YORK - New York City plans to trap and kill as many as 2,000 Canada geese this summer in an attempt to avoid the type of collision that caused an airliner to ditch in the Hudson River.
The hunt will take place on dozens of city properties within eight kilometres of Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.
Aviation officials have culled bird flocks on airport property for years, but this will mark a major expansion of the effort into other parts of the city.
The roundup is being timed with the molting season, when the geese can't fly.
The killing is scheduled to begin within a week.
The birds will be gassed!
Many states, including New York, have passed laws against the gassing of shelter animals for the cruelty it inflicts on them. Why then, is gassing "ok" for our wild geese?
PLEASE rescuers, contact these people and let them know we can help re-locate some of these birds. We have offered to take a few hundred into our own wildlife sanctuary here;
Allen Gosser, USDA
New York Wildlife Services State Director
1930 Route 9
Castleton, NY 12033
Phone: (518) 477-4837
FAX: (518) 477-4899
Also to: Tell them you want to file a formal complaint; they will take your contact info and promice the mayor will get back to you:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York, NY 10007
PHONE (212) 788-3000
FAX (212) 312-0700