You thought it was bad that 400 Canada geese in Prospect Park were killed? Now the state is planning to euthanize 170,000 of them. Run for your lives, geese!
According to City Room, who got hold of a report by some government agencies, “The nearly 400 geese gassed to death this month after being rounded up in Prospect Park in Brooklyn…were but a small part of the ambitious overall goal outlined in the document.” Diabolical! New York State currently has a population of about 250,000 Canada geese. Which, apparently, is more than three times too many.
And how will the massacre be accomplished?
“The captured geese are placed alive in commercial turkey crates. The geese would be brought to a secure location and euthanized with methods approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Euthanized geese would be buried.”
Charming. Although, apparently in the past 10 years, there have been 78 “Canada goose strikes” which cost over $2 million in damage to airplanes. But why can’t we just round up the geese and put them somewhere else? Can you imagine dealing with 170,000 goose corpses?
Times commenter TMac said what everyone else was thinking: “What about Jersey?” Well, what about it?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2010