From the Times Ledger:
Northeast Queens activists said they were upset to find out Canada geese had recently been removed by a federal agency from Oakland Lake in Bayside and gassed following the crash landing of a U.S. Airways flight on the Hudson River earlier this year.
City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he wrote a letter this month to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to inquire why the birds had been removed from the lake, arguing the method was ineffective.
Susan Seinfeld, district manager for Community Board 11, said the board had not been notified about the geese being taken away.
Bayside environmental activists said they believed the birds could have been extracted without being gassed.
“It seems to me there could have been other options,” said Aline Euler, of the Alley Pond Environmental Center.
Daniel Egers, president of Friends of Oakland Lake, said he was upset the community was not notified before the USDA removed the birds.
“Oakland Lake is a natural treasure and it should be preserved in its natural state,” he said. “Gassing the wildlife there goes against that.”