More Than 1,500 Geese Killed in the City to Preserve Safe Air Travel

More than 1,500 geese were rounded up and killed in the city last year in the name of safer air travel, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More than 40 percent were removed from parks in Brooklyn, including Prospect Park. The effort was green-lighted after geese flew into the engine of the US Airways flight that was forced to land in the Hudson as a result two years ago.

"The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority," said a spokesperson for the Port Authority who wouldn't comment specifically on the geese killings.

The round-up isn't over yet. A further pruning of the geese population is planned for later this year with an expanded number of sites.