More Than 260 Geese Held Off, Report Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture rounded up more than 260 geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and took them away for slaughter Tuesday, according to a published report.

The geese were taken away in an effort to prevent bird strikes involving planes flying out of John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to a New York Daily News report. They were be taken to food banks.

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This is the second year in a row that geese have been rounded for slaughter at the wildlife refuge. More than 700 were hauled off around this time last year.

Last year, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill authorizing authorities to remove Canada geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in June and July when the birds are molting and cannot fly.

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Goose eradication was authorized in New York City after birds were sucked into both engines of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 out of LaGuardia in 2009.

About a dozen geese and goslings were also rounded up in Inwood Hill Park, in far northern Manhattan, last month, the newspaper reported.

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