Kill The Geese, Now! (Or People Might Get Killed by Them)

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Avians and airplanes are a bad mix -- and the skies above New York City are no exception.

On Tuesday, a bird strike prompted a JetBlue plane to make an emergency landing.

Last week, also, a bird strike forced a Delta flight to make an emergency landing.

And don't forget the Miracle on the Hudson in 2009, when Capt. Chesley Sullenberger heroically landed a U.S. Airways flight on the river after a Canada geese flock hit the aircraft, CBS News reports.

Now, there seems to be a simple solution to this problem.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand proposed a bill that would make "it easier to round up geese from a federal refuge near Kennedy Airport and kill them."

What the proposed measure would do: It would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture the OK to round up the geese -- which inhabit the Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, near NYC airports -- in June and July, when they "are molting and can't fly."

If past brushes with bird danger are not enough to convince you, consider: "LaGuardia and JFK airports saw increases in bird strikes of 28 percent and 53 percent, respectively, between 2009 and 2011."

Though the National Park Service, which manages the Refuge, and USDA promised to act in 2009, they still have not. So, Gillibrand's bill would force them to do so.

If the FAA Administrator thinks that Canada geese on National Park Service lands within five miles of a commercial airport pose a threat to flight safety, the USDA would have to act within 90 days -- and to get rid of the geese by the end their molting period.

The measure would also address a delay-making piece of red tape: the NPS says that it cannot act until it has an environmental impact statement. So, the USDA would have to submit one to the service by June 1.

These geese aren't even native to New York, "and are widely considered a nuisance, not only because of the threat to planes but also because of the damage they wreak and droppings they leave behind in parks and golf courses."

But, "a plan last year to kill hundreds of geese at New York City parks met with opposition."

Now, at the Voice, we don't hate animals. Some of us even have lengthy backgrounds in animal rights and welfare. But, we also don't hate humans.

So, as the Daily News has also pointed out, it's inexcusable to thumb twiddle over an environmental impact statement when people's lives are on the line.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.

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Cooldude
Cooldude

Geese are no pests. People are overpopulated too, so shoot them too or what, starting with the author of this stupid article. Low IQ is needed to stick guns into the air and shoot highly developed, social and intelligent creatures such as geese. Geese were here long before stupid humans were, so the land belongs to THEM!

Minskyrufus
Minskyrufus

Dear Victoria Bekiempis, Are you crazy? Killing them. You've printed a news article encouraging the killing of innocent geese..why? More will take their place, then what? ..SHOULD WE KILL EVERY CANADIAN GOOSE WITHIN A 20 MILE RADIUS OF THE FUCKING AIRPORTS!! Seems to me like you need to educate yourself on protocol. There is a cheaper all around solution to this problem where no geese die and you can go back to living in the bubble where the city and its airports are safe :)LINK 1: Living with our Wild Neighbors in Urban and Suburban Communitieshttp://www.humanesociety.org/a...

LINK 2: Sonic Bird Controlhttp://www.bird-x.com/sonic-re..., KILLING THESE GEESE WILL ONLY MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEXT FLOCK**I DONT THINK THAT'S A SOLUTION. ITS MURDER. MAYBE BLOOMBERG HAS THE BRAINS TO IMPLEMENT A PLAN THAT WILL KEEP THE BIRDS AWAY AND YOU CAN STOP PRINTING IGNORANT GARBAGE. CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY V.V. HIRED YOU..

Stevart
Stevart

Kill the geese and serve pate to the homeless.  

Micah
Micah

This article is disgusting. you should be ashamed of yourself for thinking of live beings as pest. you know what you should do with that big brain of yours, you so called writer, go and shoot yourself in the head. I care more for the geese than you, that's for sure

RAVEN
RAVEN

Well as my dear grandma always said, "A piss poor excuse is better than none!" Every day peoples lives are on the line one way or another? In this case I would say, "What is good for the goose is good for the gander?" When will so called selfish "HUMANES" stop this murderous mind set of what ever gets in thier way kill it. Even other humans, that they do not approve of, for one reson or another. Soon Mother Nature is going to really kick our selfish ass! We are killing thousands of American wild horses. What next, cats and dogs. Oh that's right we do that also every day in America. May be we should start killing mos. Then we would be free of mohair-sweaters. By the way how many mos do you have to kill to make a mohair-sweater?

llewellynh
llewellynh

Wonder if the National Park Service has worked on finding a decibel sound machine that would emit the right levels to be piped through the air in that Refuge.  That method works with animals such as mice and rats and I have to think that an uncomfortable to Canada goose noise could be found to keep them away from airports.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

What the geese need is a good PR person. If they were renamed American Geese, I can guarantee no one would think about murdering them, Bloomberg or otherwise.

o3
o3

dont forget all 50 states have geese hunting seasons

NewsDog
NewsDog

Actually, here in Texas we have a couple seasons on them. The Snows have gotten so populous down on the Gulf marshes and rice growing areas that they have been named as invasive and harmful. So after the normal season there is a brief closed time period and then we have the Federally approved conservation season. Highlights are: Shotguns are not required to be plugged (but still nothing bigger than 10 guage)No daily bag limit and no possession limit.Electronic calling devices are allowed. The problem is that after you shoot 50 or 100 geese you have to go pick them up and clean them.

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