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Unbelievable. Did the journalist even attempt to present more than one side to the story here? Or is this a verbatim USDA press release? Carol Bannerman is 100% wrong when she labels Canada geese as the most dangerous bird. Besides, the facts are bird strikes are extremely rare---of any species---and rarely cause human death. Compare that to the two most recent plane crashes that are most likely from an inexperienced pilot and faulty equipment, as are most crashes.
Also, just about every aviation expert, and every other industrialized nation, endorses nonlethal means to deal with bird strikes. This is a war on wildlife, plain and simple. They are dressing it up as "air safety" and "protecting the grasses" because if they actually said what their real intentions are, the public would be disgusted. There is no evidence that the geese are harming that ecosystem in ANY WAY. The geese that were killed were not even permanent residents of the "Refuge." They had only come there to molt for 5 weeks, and would have left, and yet they were killed. Those who were monitoring the geese there (without an ulterior motive) have made note of this FACT.
And the USDA...they make millions of dollars to kill millions of animals every year. They are a corrupt organization that is the subject of major exposes, investigations, and major widespread public protest.
When it comes to air safety, killing resident birds does zero except to give the uninformed public the illusion that the govt is protecting them. Think about it. Birds fly around the sky, thousands upon thousands migrate along the Atlantic Flyway every year from all over the globe. You cannot KILL your way out of this issue. You need to manage it through the host of technological, structural, and natural methods (as other countries do, except the US).5 months ago