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The recent culling of Canada geese in Prospect Park is disturbing to many people, including staff at the Park. That people care so passionately about the Park and its natural environment and speak out in its defense is truly wonderful and very welcomed.

The Canada geese were removed from the Park and euthanized as part of a joint U.S. Department of Agriculture, Port Authority and City of New York program to reduce the geese population near the flight paths of area airports. Prospect Park is one of a number of parks and locations chosen by the city to be included in this program.

Prospect Park is a public park and is administered in accordance with city, state and federal regulations and policies. However, many Park users have contacted us in recent days about what can be done in the future to avoid this situation.

The staff at Prospect Park, both the Alliance and the Parks Department, recognize that we are the stewards of this amazing greenspace and public resource. Over the years, we have undertaken extensive restoration of the Park’s natural areas and watercourse to provide wildlife with hundreds of acres of healthy habitat. We have a wonderful natural resources crew who work year round to keep the habitat healthy and a staff of naturalists at our Audubon Center who educate thousands of young people annually about the importance of wildlife.

To provide the best ongoing ecological care of our habitat, the Park will be forming a wildlife management taskforce comprised of experts in the field. This will strengthen the Alliance and Parks Department’s commitment to safeguarding both nature and people.

Prospect Park is one of many city, state and federally managed parks in the metropolitan area and holistic stewardship of the regional ecology is important. Prospect Park is our park — thankfully many of you consider it your park — and with your help, we can continue to work together to ensure Prospect Park remains healthy and beautiful.

Tupper Thomas is president of the Prospect Park Alliance. This letter was sent to Friends of Prospect Park on Friday, July 16.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

B says:

I've always thought highly of you, but this mealy-mouthed non response does not do you credit
July 21, 2010, 12:52 pm
Andrew from Fort Greene says:
It seems there was no plan in place to proactively deal with the goose population in Prospect Park. You waited until it was too late and then did the dirty deed to cover your butts, but that is backfiring as you can see from the outrage of the majority of the community.

Yes, it's great that Audubon educates thousands of young people but you might want to consider getting staff out to educate the everyday folks who gather by the lake....Take advantage of this great teaching moment.
July 22, 2010, 9:24 am
K Jennings from PS says:
I find it fascinating that in another part of the country they are trying to save oil soaked birds and we here, Brooklyn are wiping them out in the middle of the night as if they were trash...oh, and I guess they were trash as their bodies were coldheartedly thrown into plastic bags and dumped in a landfill, as if their lives mattered to no one. The way this was carried out is most disgusting thing about it!
July 22, 2010, 9:44 am
Annick from Park Slope says:
People must clean garbage after their BBQ and must not feed wildlife. It is already going to reduce the proliferation of the geese and rodents. Just follow the rules of the park, if not, apply sanctions!
July 28, 2010, 8:32 am

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