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Geese Rounded Up in Queens to Be Euthanized: Report

Decision made after concern over bird strikes at LGA, JFK.

Federal officials have rounded up as many as 700 geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge that will be euthanized as a means to prevent the birds from flying into passenger planes leaving Queens's two airports, CBS New York reports.

In April, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., proposed a bill that would allow authorities to remove Canada geese from the refuge in June and July when the birds cannot fly due to molting.

"We could not afford to sit back and wait for a catastrophe to occur before cutting through bureaucratic red tape between federal agencies,”  Gillibrand said. “We are finally taking action to help reduce bird strikes and save lives.” 

Now, federal officials have removed the birds from Jamaica Bay and plan to euthanize them in order to prevent airstrikes with planes leaving LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports, according to CBS.

Animal rights activists told CBS they believed that killing the geese was unnecessary and that the birds "are not posing any threat" to aircrafts leaving the borough.

pcon July 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Have I ever flown on a plane filled with wild geese ? Sorry, Herb..... can't say that I have. I'm sure these bird's could be relocated but I guess that would take too much money and effort. I'll remember Gillibrand on election day. By the way, could she tell me the last time a "life" was lost at JFK due to a bird strike ?
Debra July 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Each of us needs to go directly to her website and tell her what we think about the horrendous act she orchestrated and pressed to happen. Killing the birds is not the answer, relocating is.....Will more geese be killed when they migrate again???? Definitely. Let her magistry know how you feel about what she has done to these beautiful creatures: www.gillibrand.senate.gov. It's probably too late for the ones living there now, but hopefully this will never happen again if enough of us protest these actions by her.
Debra July 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM
www.gillibrand.senate.gov...go to her website and let her know your thoughts. If enough of us do, maybe we can stop the killing. It is the geese' refuge after all. Where else can they be safe????
Debra July 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
www.gillibrand.senate.gov. Let her know your thoughts. Maybe we as a group can stop her. It is pitiful that the only remedy is to kill them. Part of her name rhymes with KILLebrand.
Robin Amy B July 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
very upsetting.....why kill the geese...why not change some of the flight patterns of the planes...what morons

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