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Bill asks feds to cull geese at JFK, LGA

May 03, 2012 | Geese / Hunting & Wildlife Management

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By Steve Mosco

"This violent and brutal attack on wildlife is not strategic and not pro-active," said Birnkrant. "If the geese are attracted to the area, no matter how many times you round them up for slaughter, they are going to come back. The landscape needs to be modified so it's not attractive to birds."

One landscape feature Birnkrant pointed at specifically is a planned garbage transfer station in College Point near the end of a runway at LaGuardia Airport.

"[The senator] should be concerned with the proposal to build a garbage dump near LaGuardia instead of inciting hysteria over kamikaze killer geese who are supposedly targeting you and your children," she said.

Geese better find a new place to molt this summer since a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) would make rounding up the birds easier around area airports.

After a plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport was forced to make an emergency landing following a bird strike last week, the senator proposed legislation streamlining communications between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Park Service. This would allow for the swift removal of Canada geese from major city airports.

"We cannot afford to sit back and wait for a catastrophe to occur before cutting through bureaucratic red tape between federal agencies," said Gillibrand. "We cannot and should not wait another day to act while public safety is at risk."

Gillibrand's legislation would expedite the removal of Canada geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge near JFK by requiring the USDA to act within 90 days of a determination by the Federal Aviation Administrator and the National Parks Service that geese residing on lands within 5 miles of a commercial airport pose a threat to flight safety.

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