These geese and their young are dead now. All four-hundred of them. You see, the thing is, although this particular population of geese lived 0n Prospect Park Lake (in New York City) year ’round, never really leaving their home, they were eliminated by the Feds.
This non-migratory, year-round population was a few blocks from our old NYC home, and as you can imagine, were surrogate pets to many New York families. They had names, hundreds of people visited (and fed) them daily, even knew some of the personalities. The one that had lost the top of his beak was known by everyone as “Beaky.”
Early this week, the entire population was herded into a fenced area, packed into crates, and gassed – in an effort to reduce their numbers near New York City airports. Evidently, the order was to eliminate significant populations of the birds within seven miles of the NYC airports. Local Prospect Park residents said that the birds were home Tuesday morning. Wednesday morning, all four-hundred were simply gone.
I understand that these things sometimes must be done, and we humans need to be protected. However, it seems like there must be a better way of protecting the airports. Killing every Canada Goose within a seven mile radius? Hmmm. Yeah, I guess. I dunno. However, it remains a sticky wicket – Canada geese were responsible for over 600 damaging airstrikes to U.S. planes between 1990 and 2008, and their population is rapidly increasing.
I think I can be level-headed enough to understand that I am upset because I had a personal attachment to these particular birds, even a personal attachment to specific birds. However … wow.
The final humiliation? The honkers were double-bagged, dumped into a landfill.