Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hundreds Of Geese Killed In Prospect Park

All the geese in this picture are dead, thanks to a federal program to exterminate animals that get in the way of airplanes, according to the brooklyn Paper, Tell that to the kids. (Photo by Tom Callan)


Dead, they’re all dead.

Federal agents slaughtered more than 250 geese and dozens of babies in Prospect Park after corralling the adults and their young into a small pen early Thursday morning, boxing them up, and tossing them in a gas chamber, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

The horror-movie-style measure was part of the city’s ongoing effort to exterminate the feathered creatures within a seven-mile radius from both LaGuardia and JFK airports — a radius that was expanded last year to include Prospect Park, putting all its birds in the path of a federally mandated massacre.

Among the dead include such avian celebrities as Beaky, the adored and deformed goose that was missing the top part of its beak after surviving an encounter with a fish hook; and Target, the resilient goose who not only survived being shot through with an arrow, but mesmerized the borough for days.

Beaky is believed to be among the dead.(The Brooklyn Paper / Stephen Brown)

Park-goers were crying fowl over the weekend, when several bird lovers gave The Brooklyn Paper a tour of the crime scene, a mysterious, feather-covered area where the birds had apparently been corralled. Plastic handcuff-like ties were also littering the site.

“It’s like a crime scene that they forgot to clean up,” said Ed Bahlman, a regular park watchdog.

Read More:

BREAKING: Feds kill hundreds of Prospect Park geese!
The Brooklyn Paper - July 12, 2010 - By Stephen  Brown 

400 Park Geese Die, for Human Fliers’ Sake
New York Times - July 12, 2010 -  By Isolde Raftery


  1. Where are the US Dept. of Agriculture (NYC Office) and the NYC Audubon located? The first instigated and carried out the massacre; the second has publicly approved. Then there is NYC Parks, which of course also approved this action, but we know where they are. I know protesting would be closing the barn door after the horses have run out (or objecting to the killings after the geese are dead) but maybe we can prevent another one of these stealth slaughters in the future. It seems to me we as citizens have to do more than just write angry letters and blog posts.

  2. I can't believe this. Catbird is right about "it seems to me we as citizens have to do more than just write angry letters and blog posts."

    This is beyond shameful.

  3. even brian lehrer asked NYC Audubon talking head about their support for this, respect for brian, none for audubon, most mealy person I ever heard, couldnt take a position either way, bizarre! guess funding opportunities await from USDA to study euthanized birds or something....