The official 2017 summer Canada goose kill numbers have been released for New York City, and, as expected, they are down sharply from last year.
Federal agents rounded up and sent to slaughter 575 geese from parks and golf courses within flight range of the city’s airports, according to a United States Department of Agriculture report, a decrease of 62 percent from last year’s total of 1509
This year, government goose-counters tallied only about two dozen geese in the park — so few that it was not worth the effort to catch them.
Anne-Katrin Titze, a wildlife rehabilitator and advocate for Prospect Park’s waterfowl, was encouraged by the decision not to round up the Prospect Park geese. “Is this progress?” she asked. “Let’s hope that this will put an end to the killing and lead to the use of alternative methods elsewhere next year.”