Goose Assassin Hired by New York City Department of Sanitation


When federal agents slaughtered more than 250 geese in Prospect Park midway through the summer last year, boxing them up and tossing them into a gas chamber under the cover of darkness, we hoped the worst was over. But according to a new report in the Brooklyn Paper, the city is going after the birds once again… this time with a goose assassin. (The worst part of that last sentence: we’re not even joking.)

Offering $175,000 for the job, the Department of Sanitation originally posted a notice stating they were planning to hire a biologist from the United States Department of Agriculture (the same department, by the way, that was responsible for last year’s goosicide). The notice claimed the biologist would be responsible for “tracking wildlife hazards” and “preventing bird strikes” near JFK and LaGuardia airports.

The city’s fight against the birds started in January of 2009, after Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III was forced to land an Airbus A320 safely into the Hudson after a speculated run-in with a flock of geese. Since then, the city has attempted to exterminate geese within a 5-mile radius of both aiports, in addition to the Prospect Park extermination.

Now, wildlife advocates are afraid the city may be readying themselves for another goose genocide. The city has kept quiet so far in regards to the biologist’s speculative duties, and USDA spokeswoman Carol Bannerman has declined comment.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2011

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