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Jul 282013
 

More than 260 geese were rounded up for slaughter at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing effort to reduce bird strikes at nearby JFK Airport. United States Department of Agriculture workers arrived at the sanctuary in the morning and corralled the geese into crates. This is the second time in as many years that a massacre of wildlife was conducted at what is supposed to be a refuge.

More than 260 Canada geese and goslings like these were rounded up to be killed Tuesday in the oddly named Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge – Photo STEVE HOOPER/AP

The birds will be euthanized and their meat sent to food pantries, said National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun. But that didn’t satisfy opponents of the city’s ongoing effort to eradicate the birds.

“I watched the geese thump against the crates struggling to get out,” David Karopkin wrote on his GooseWatch NYC blog after witnessing the round-up. “I am heartbroken and angry.”

Similar culling has taken place around the city in locations near JFK and LaGuardia airports. About a dozen geese and goslings were netted at Inwood Hill Park last month. And in 2010, hundreds of geese were killed in Prospect Park, far from any of the city airfields.

Yun said the geese were not only a hazard to airplanes but also damaged delicate plantings in Jamaica Bay, threatening efforts to re-establish salt marshes.

“They don’t just eat grass, they rip out the roots of the grass,” she said.

This article was written by Lisa L. Colangelo for the New York Daily News.

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  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384052610 Susan Lee

    And did no one even consider RE-LOCATING? America is bringing down more bad karma on itself with this worse than senseless slaughter. Think not? Just watch the natural disaster mount up…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240627402 Linda Murphy Brandt

    We have so many of the Canadian geese located in our most metropolitan area. It does seem something needs to be done as they are a nuiscance. It seems instead of them being protected by law, there should be a law change so that they can be caught for eating at homeless centers or where the poor can come for a meal. Just to catch them and slaughter them does not make sense in this day of poor economy and people being without food.

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