The government won't say which parks have been hit already and which remain to be done because they don't want activists disrupting their work. The culling is part of a larger program to reduce the Eastern seabord's Canada goose population by almost half a million. The plan is multipronged: in addition to gassings, the government addles goose eggs to prevent them from hatching.
All of this is done in the name of aviation safety, ever since Captain Sully flew his plane into a flock of geese and had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River. But one advocate says there's another way. "The public has been presented with the false choice between saving human lives and protecting wildlife," the director of GooseWatch NYC said in a statement. "At the end of the day, short of killing every living wild animal, the only way to guarantee protection of human lives is to ensure that airplanes are strong and sturdy, are properly repaired, and can survive a ‘bird strike’ when it does occur, and pilots are alert and aware."