NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Critics are crying foul over a plan to control bird populations near JFK Airport, in an effort to stop collisions with planes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan would authorize staffers to kill a half-dozen bird species within a five-mile radius of the airport, but some environmentalists said the plan conflicts with a federal effort to restore nearby wetland habitats for birds.

Blackbirds, crows and Canada geese are among the birds being targeted.

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