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.