Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Who will speak for the geese, the ‘dangerous geese’?


Canadian GooseAs local wildlife increasingly threatens our way of life as we take over more and more of our environment with seven billon folks will the answer to ‘dangerous geese’ and other inconvenient beasts be death? 

They say that the Anthropocene will be a lonely time, where our species wipes out most of the others to accommodate our way of life, but will the loss of biodiversity also be like removing parts of a complex biological engine we need to have working perfectly like a jet plane to survive? 

With molting season for Canada geese underway, feds act to remove dangerous birds from airports WASHINGTON – Federal authorities are taking action today to remove more than 750 geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and protect New York City airports from bird strikes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week issued its final decision to adopt their final environmental impact study laying out a combination of lethal and non-lethal methods for reducing the risk of bird strikes at JFK Airport. The Interior Department moved forward today with the removal of these birds that pose a risk to public safety. The announcement comes after Gillibrand pushed the USDA to expedite this final decision, and in a phone conversation, she had urged Interior Secretary Salazar to quickly issue new permits for the removal of geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge immediately upon this formal acceptance of the study. The feds are now taking action today to mitigate the Canada geese during the critical molting period when they are flightless. (July 11, 2012)  New York State News on the Net!

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