NY pols to geese: Your days are numbered
The war on geese continues.
Several elected officials today called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to implement what they call a "geese reduction pilot plan" that includes shooting the birds out of the sky and putting oil on unhatched eggs, which, apparently, will prevent the baby geese from hatching.
Canada Geese have been a popular target lately - the New York Post literally put one of them inside the crosshairs to illustrate a recent front-page editorial - because of their role in bringing down the US Airways jet that landed, safely, in the Hudson River.
This program would be the first of its kind in the city to devote measurable resources and highly trained personnel to humanely reduce the number of geese in the vicinity of the city's airports, Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis), said in a pepared statement.
He was joined in calling for the geese reduction program by state Sens. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) and Hiram Monserratte (D-Corona).
It has been reported that "bird strikes" such as the one suspected of bringing down flight 1549 are more common than many previously realized. Left unanswered, at least to this point, is why this particular bird strike proved so damaging.
It was revealed last week that the plane experienced an engine compressor failure two days earlier. There has been no indication that the previous problem is related to the accident but the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to take about a year to finish its investigation.