Report: City won’t kill Prospect Park geese this year

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The city’s mass extermination of geese in Prospect Park last year was so effective that it will not be repeated this summer, city officials revealed on Thursday.

Hundreds of geese citywide will still be slaughtered in the name of aviation security, the New York Times reported late yesterday, but not in Prospect Park.

According to the newspaper, the Department of Environmental Protection refused to reveal where geese would be massacred this year, but said that several of the 2010 geese killing fields would be spared because the slaughters left too few geese to worry about this year.

Currently, there are just 26 Canada geese living in Prospect Park. Last year, more than 350 geese were slaughtered there, plus hundreds more elsewhere around the city.

The announcement comes on the eve of a promised “goose watch” vigil to prevent another extermination this summer. Federal officials typically slaughter geese in mid- to late June after the birds molt and cannot fly away from workers who corral them into pens before gassing them with fatal doses of carbon monoxide.

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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MB from WT says:
KUDOS to Gersh, Natalie O'Neill and former staffer Stephen Brown for their wonderful coverage over the last year of the Canada Geese slaughter from last year.

Brooklyn Paper was an absolute major force in getting the word out that this community would not stand for another massacre.

We appreciate everything you have done to help us help our wildlife.

Now..on to helping the 700 geese around the city who's fate is unknown.
June 24, 2011, 8:49 am
Kayemtee from Downtown says:
Better a plane taking off from LaGuardia should ingest a couple of geese, lose engine power, and crash into the city. Gersh is an idiot as are these goose loving yahoos who worried about non-native poop dropping parasites should all have their heads examined.
June 24, 2011, 9:09 am
O2 from Wburg says:
slaughter? massacre? try harvesting & sending the meat to shelters & food banks. geese are hunted in all 50 states. bon appetit !
June 24, 2011, 9:31 am
Kayemtee from Downtown says:
I have to confess though, I am really impressed with all the energy the activists have. i didnt even know before they killed the geese last summer that anyone even cared about the geese.

come to think of it, they are really amazing animals, and i started reading some of the research about what causes plane crashes and noticed "birds" all the way down the list! also i didnt know that resident geese weren't responsible for the flight that crashed in the hudson river, those were migratory geese. who knew?

now im starting to wonder if I should have my head examined. these geese didnt do anything and they want to round them up and slaughter them? thats crazy! crazy i tell you!@!

gersh i take it back. youre a hero
June 24, 2011, 11:09 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Better to fatten them up to harvest the Fois Gras!
June 24, 2011, 11:23 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
for the past year i have been trolloing this site to give everyone a hard time about the geese, but something just came over me this morning. i realized that I LOVE GEESE - I AM A CLOSET GOOSE LOVER. i cant hide it anymore. i want to do what it takes to stop the lunacy of taking them out of prospect park for no reason. im going vegan now. i have lots of wool and leather clothes to donate if anyone knows a good shelter please let me know. i take back all my idiotic comments and i am sorry to everyone who came to read them how stupid and shallow i have been.
June 24, 2011, 11:43 am
MB from WY says:
RE: Donating goosemeat to food banks/shelters.

If they would only let those who would be consuming the geese carcasses know that this meat wouldn't be served to animals in a zoo due to the threat of contamination. How they can justify the SLAUGHTER of these birds and then try to make it more palatable for citizens by serving it to the less fortunate who will end up in a hospital from eating the tainted meat.

In Pennsylvania, wildlife killed because it has been deemed a nuisance to crops or parks MUST be donated to food banks and the geese in question will be from NY and are considered to be questionable as far as what the effect on those consuming it will be. Why would they consider taking it? One guess- $$$$$$.

They will most like be rounded up and shoved into crates to make the long, arduous, hot and stressful ride to PA.

Please read this -

May I suggest to Mayor Bloomberg that he set an example and partake in the festivities. Perhaps he can have it served at his favorite restaurant and eat
it as well.

Would he?

MAYOR BLOOMBERG- End the slaughter of Canada Geese in NYC.
June 24, 2011, 11:58 am
moshe aron kestenbaum from williamsburg ODA says:
Kudos to gersh. Gersh your a real mentch. I wish the the geese could speak and tell you THANK YOU GERSH
June 24, 2011, 2:06 pm
French Canadian Goose from Canada says:
June 24, 2011, 3:56 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Just proving that the cull worked, and will be used as a model for other places with more geese than PP.

Call me when geese are on the endangered list. . .
June 24, 2011, 4:35 pm
G-Killer says:
Palpatine: "Wipe Them Out, All of Them"
June 24, 2011, 5:02 pm
Kathleen from Park Slope says:
Can something be done to save the geese in the other areas?

Surely someone on here can help?

I hope.
June 24, 2011, 5:11 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Can something be done to save the geese in the other areas?

Freezing is good for short term. Drying and salting is good too. Canning is not the best - but it will do.
June 24, 2011, 10:34 pm
Pete Singer from Etherville says:
Maybe the perfectly normal people who devote the entirety of their being to trolling Prospect Park to count water fowl would make better use of their time decrying the deplorable conditions that millions of animals in slaughterhouses across this great land face every day--their lives hardly as peachy as these free, wild geese.

Maybe they'll redirect their energy to the millions of animals every day who live their lives confined to tiny pens stinking of —— and fear.
June 24, 2011, 11:12 pm
Kathleen from Park Slope says:
@Pete Singer-
Believe me, I do just that. I fight for ALL.

Now, how about you help us count the waterfowl?

It works both ways.
June 25, 2011, 7:10 am
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Excellent response, Kathleen.

@ Pete. Yes, it is true that billions of animals experience hell on earth at the hands of man.

We kill billions in slaughterhouses, millions in labs and millions more in "shelters."

However, the one safe bastion that some of us thought animals had was in the serenity of our city parks.

But, even that turns out not to be true.

The "battle line" has to be drawn someplace.

Instead of complaining about what has not been done, why don't you lend a hand on efforts that are being made?

It isn't possible to save billions, but it could be possible to try and save the hundreds of birds on govt. "hit list" in the otherwise, "peaceful" serenity of public parks.
June 26, 2011, 10:58 am
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Yellow Hook: Unfortunately, you are right about New York serving as "model" for other places.

Our Governor refers to that as "progressive."

Hm, its hard to think of murderous rampages on peaceful animals in a public park as sign of "progress."

Its more like something out of the dark ages.
June 26, 2011, 11:02 am
Mark Lieber from Brooklyn says:
PattyA, you've never explained why you fuss about the geese and not about the rats that are routinely exterminated in our parks. Don't they deserve the same sanctuary?
June 26, 2011, 8:55 pm
Johanna Clearfield from Park Slope says:
July 4, 2011, 11:52 pm
Johanna Clearfield from Park Slope says:
To Pete Singer..?

Why do you pose this love for the safety and well being of wildlife as an either/or proposition. Either people care for wild birds OR they care for horribly abused and tortured farmed animals? I care for both, I care for all.
July 11, 2011, 5:51 pm

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