Friday, June 12, 2009

STOP NY's Plan to Gas Canadian Geese

NYC is preparing to capture and GAS Canadian geese from their public parks in an effort to prevent plane crashes. I saw it on CNN this morning. Has anyone else heard about this and can anything be done to stop it? Gassing is a horrible, cruel death! The state of GA recently outlawed it for animal shelters because of its cruelty. Even NY has a law against gassing of shelter animals. Is there no wildlife group that can be put on notice about this?

Call the people in charge of the killing and ask them to please find another way to remove the geese.....

Contact Information:

Allen Gosser

New York Wildlife Services State Director
1930 Route 9
Castleton, NY 12033

Phone: (518) 477-4837

FAX: (518) 477-4899

NYC: Canadian Geese to Get the Ax
June 11, 2009

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services State Director Martin Lowney today announced a comprehensive set of safety measures to reduce the population of Canada geese near City airports and on properties owned by the City.

The safety measures include removal of Canada geese from select City-owned properties, new efforts to discourage Canada geese from landing on Rikers Island – which is less than one mile from LaGuardia Airport’s runways – and new signage in City parks. These safety measures are the first set of actions taken by the New York City Wildlife Hazard Management Steering Committee, formed earlier this year to coordinate Canada geese and other wildlife mitigation efforts in the New York Metropolitan area.

“The serious dangers that Canada geese pose to aviation became all to clear when geese struck US Airways Flight 1549,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Thanks to the heroic efforts of Captain Sullenberger, the Flight 1549 crew, local ferry boat operators and the City’s emergency response agencies, no lives were lost. But the incident served as a catalyst to strengthen our efforts in removing geese from, and discouraging them from nesting on, City property near our runways.”

In addition to the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549, there have been 77 goose strikes with aircraft in New York over the past 10 years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The State Department of Environmental Conservation states that the Metropolitan region, encompassing New York City; Nassau; Suffolk; Rockland; and Westchester counties, has an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 resident Canada geese.

The City of New York is contracting with the USDA to remove Canada geese from approximately 40 parks, wastewater treatment plants, and various City-owned properties within five miles of JFK and LaGuardia Airports. USDA and City personnel will remove and dispose of Canada geese from targeted areas, including Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Fort Totten Park, during the molting season from the middle of June through the end of July.

(Dov Gordon - YWN)

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