Geese have been the target of much aviation animosity ever since a gaggle of the migratory birds claimd responsibility for forcing US Airways’ hero pilot Sully Sullenberger to ditch his passenger-filled plane in the Hudson River. Now comes news that a multi-agency taskforce is preparing for goose genocide, slaughtering 2,000 of the big birds within five miles of Kennedy and La Guardia Airports.
Even though migratory Canada geese were to blame, “the incident served as a catalyst to strengthen our efforts in removing geese from . . . city property near our runways,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
The $100,000 slaughter is being timed to coincide with the molting season, when the birds cannot fly away to freedom. Additionally, new radar systems are being installed to detect the birds, airport supervisors are being taught to shoot them, and falcons are being trained to better attack them. Below is a map of the 5-mile kill zones surrounding the city’s airports.