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City to Trap and Kill Thousands of Canada Geese

Friday, June 12, 2009

The city will start trapping and killing up to two thousand Canada geese next week, in an effort to reduce the number of times airplanes strike birds.

REPORTEr: Carbon dioxide gas will be used to euthanize geese within a 5-mile radius of JFK and Laguardia airports. Speaking on WOR, Mayor Bloomberg says non-lethal methods, such as the use of dogs, have failed.

BLOOMBERG: There are people who care very much about the geese but at the end safety of the public is number one and that's what we are going to do.

REPORTER: Last January, US Airways Flight 15-49 had to land in the Hudson River, after both engines failed following a birdstrike.

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