08 Feb '11, 10pm

Nearly 1,700 NY geese killed to protect air travel

Nearly 1,700 NY geese killed to protect air travel

NEW YORK: US officials enforced a goose no-fly zone around New York's JFK and La Guardia airports last year by killing 1,676 of the birds blamed for endangering human flight, a report said on Tuesday. The report from US Department of Agriculture details the 1,509 wild geese slaughtered in New York City itself and 167 more in nearby Nassau County during the summer of 2010. The round-up and gassing of the birds removed 89 percent of the population surveyed in the environs of the two airports, according to the report, which was presented in November last year but only dug up and posted online by The New York Times on Tuesday. The war on geese started after the January 2009 drama in which a packed US Airways airliner collided with a flock of the migratory birds before safely crashing, with both engines disabled, into the Hudson River. The cull is meant to take place in an area...

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