NYC Plans To Trap And Kill Thousands Of Geese

New York City plans to trap and kill as many as 2,000 Canada geese this summer in an attempt to avoid the type of collision that caused an airliner to ditch in the Hudson River.

The hunt will take place on dozens of city properties within five miles of Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

Aviation officials have culled bird flocks on airport property for years, but this will mark a major expansion of the effort into other parts of the city.

The roundup is being timed with the molting season, when the geese can't fly. It is scheduled to begin within a week. The birds will be gassed.

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    Ryan - "A" with a great hospital here in Greenville, why are the recruiters going to Canada to find nurses, doctors, etc? "B" most people are nice, on both sides of the border "C" Peacekeeping in Cyprus, Afganistan (not currently involved in offensives) Egypt in the 1950s, and pretty much tied up with the UN. "D" revert back to "A". Also, are you confusing "nice" with standing up for oneself? If so, you've been really nice. If you assume that Asians are all good at math, its usually the ones that work hard in school that get noticed (plus you over-generalized by assuming there are 4 billion Asian....although we may never know.) You assume I have a frail ego? How can you tell over the internet? Are you a licensed psychologist? Calm down, you are at a 10 when you need to be at a 2. Have a good day.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    Wow, Ryan. Hit below the belt why don't you?
  • by Ryan Location: Winterville on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    Been here 20 years for job and love NC. I am not sure of how you are intending the term "generalist" that you call me. But, I think it may be fair to label you "over-generalist". Let me re-cap the "highlights" of your poorly reasoned points of sweeping assumptions. A. "No one here wants to work hard". Really, 300 million of us? Or are you just labeling the approx. 100 million of the US South here? B. Canadians are "nice people" (34 mil. of you? Really?). Most are decent. C. Canada is a "peacekeeper". Tell me exactly how, w/ examples that Canada engages in peacekeeping. D. The US "relies on... Canadian intellectuals". Show me the data! Is your "nice" Canadian intent to insult your host and neighbors? Do you lump every people into broad, erroneous huge categories? What's next from you- "Asians are all good at math"? All 4 billion? You have avoided my more relevant points. You can continue the pejoratives, but this will beg the question of whether you are overcompensating for a frail ego.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    You asked, I told. I understood your meaning of 'Tory', I am not much of a fan of the commonwealth system. Thanks for being a generalist. Yeah, great job opportunity because no one here wants to work hard to get it. How about you?
  • by Ryan Location: Winterville on Jun 22, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    Derek: Simplistic answer you gave to very complex issue(s). Canada can afford to be "peacekeeper" because of its proximity and relationship w/ the US. Prior to that, you were British subjects when they were the world power. How convenient that Canada is a "peacekeeper, huh? LOL. Get it now? Also, the Inuit may beg to differ, and I have personal knowledge of their gripes w/ Canada. And, before you go ahead and get all simplistic again, I am fully cognizant that the US treatment of natives was very poor too. Also, I mention "tory" in the US meaning of the term, i.e. loyalist, not in your Canadian political sense of the term. Thank you for admitting why you are here though- "great job opportunity". 'Nuff said.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    Nope, hate the Tories. Yep, live here because of great job opportunity. Besides, everyone knows that Canada's role is peacekeeper, not maker, and therefore money is appropriated elsewhere, such as healthcare.
  • by Ryan Location: Winterville on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    Derek: Poor assumption. Born/raised/lived 28 years in Buffalo (N. Tonawanda). Then, escaped, as you have too. Interesting, you choose to live here. Why? Economic opportunity? I've been to Canada literally many hundreds of times. I have friends and family in Canada. I agree that most Canadians (like most Americans) are friendly. Also, some of the best partiers anywhere. You list a few essential products of Canada. Great. I'll spare you a comparative list from this end; suffice to say it would be ample. I have experienced Canadians love/hate relationship w/the US first hand, thank you. Spare me the lecture. You too easily flaunt others perceptions of Americans which is based upon our superpower status; yet conveniently ignore that this very status assures Canada's safety. Easy to put $ elsewhere when you don't have to pay for defense, huh? What other historical superpower would you choose to share a border? Russia? Germany? China? Ottoman Turks? Hmmm. Are you a Tory crown-kisser perhaps?
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    Ryan - have you ever been to Canada? (or better yet, outside of winterville). There is a reason for the close proximity with the US border: its too cold to live any further than that. Plus, the hinterland has always been snowed in for 6 months of the year. Why do you think Alaska only has a population of 600 000? Yes trade between the two nations is important, but at the same time the US relies on Canadian hydro electricity, oilsands, mined goods and intellectuals. Why do you think doctors and nurses, engineers and other professionals are recruited from Canada? Ask anyone in the world who they would prefer, an American or a Canadian? The answer is: try backpacking through Europe with an American flag pinned to your backpack (before Obama). No one wants to invade Canada, why? Becuase they are nice people that don't meddle in other countries business.
  • by Ryan Location: Winterville on Jun 21, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    Canuck: Here are a couple of truths that Canadians ignore in their little brother delusion syndrome. 1. There are several reasons that 75% of your population lives within 90 miles of the US border. Surely, even the most deluded amongst you will admit that one of these reasons is due to the neccessity of a symbiotic (dependent?) economic relationship with the US. 2. Where else in the world can a country as large as Canada, with so few people, and who spends so little on its own self-defense, never risk getting invaded or militarily threatened? Canadians never go to sleep at night worried about this. Again, if you are intellectually honest, you will admit that this is due to having the US as an ally with its strong military next door. We all know that if Russia invaded your arctic, that this would be defended by the US. No, you are too proud to thank us, but kindly take your patronization elsewhere. Finally, don't deny that you ar on WITN due to a local connection, speaking of dependence.
  • by Canadian Location: Canada on Jun 20, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Somehow it's okay for these officials to kill 2000 Canada geese, I can guarantee that if Pearson Intl. decided to start killing bald eagles there would be an outrage south of the border. Another classic case of the American motto "Killing the innocent is unacceptable...except when we do it."

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