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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.”

The reduced numbers of resident Canada geese in NYC supports the effectiveness of multiple years of Canada goose removals on population reduction,” the report (also see below) concludes.
The benefits of reducing the overabundant resident Canada goose populations are numerous,” the report reads. “Improving safety to the aviation industry is paramount, but the added value of reducing damage to New York City’s public properties and increasing environmental health should be acknowledged.” This year, for the first time, the New York City geese were trucked to a slaughterhouse and then given to a food bank. In past years, they were gassed and their bodies discarded. The property with the highest death toll this year was a piece of the Gateway National Recreational Area along Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn between Fountain and Pennsylvania Avenues, with 92 geese (A total of 102 were captured, but 10 geese had to be released “due to space limitations for transport,” the report notes). Last year, 100 geese were rounded up there. Alley Pond Park in Queens was second, with 79 fatalities. e