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Removal of Off-Airport Wildlife Hazards A Case Study - NYC Canada Geese. Presented by Saleen Tennis 33 rd Annual Airports Conference Hershey, Pennsylvania March 2-4, 2010. Off-Airport Wildlife Hazards. Off-Airport Program Development. Identify the hazard and source

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Removal of Off-Airport Wildlife HazardsA Case Study - NYC Canada Geese

Presented by Saleen Tennis

33rd Annual Airports Conference

Hershey, Pennsylvania

March 2-4, 2010


Off-Airport Wildlife Hazards


Off-Airport Program Development

  • Identify the hazard and source

  • Identify the landowners

  • Determine the management options for addressing the hazard

  • Decide on the management option that best suits your situation


Concerns

  • Public Perception

  • Landowners

  • Cost

  • Permits


Off-Airport Program

  • Implement the management program

    • Work with a Biologist trained in Wildlife Management

    • Be cautious about public perception and use professional conduct

  • Evaluate the program


Resident Canada Geese in NY and NYC

State of New York 250,000

State’s population goal 85,000

Metropolitan New York region 25,000


Strike History

  • Over the past 10 years there have been 78 Canada Goose strikes in New York state

  • These strikes caused more than 2 million dollars in damage


Working with Landowners

  • NYC Wildlife Hazard Management Steering Committee.

    • Port Authority

    • Wildlife Services

    • NYC Mayor’s Office

    • DEC

    • USFWS

    • Dept of Correction

    • NYC Parks and Recreation

    • Town of Hempstead

    • National Park Service


Determine Action

Options

Hazing

Egg and Nest Destruction

Population Reduction


Goose Movement Study

JFK Airport


The NYC Canada Goose Removal

Objective: To reduce the resident Canada Geese population at City-owned public parks, ball fields, and other man-made and natural habitats within 5 miles of airports in metropolitan New York City.


Methods

  • 47 proposed removal sites

  • 17 removal sites selected

  • Removals took place mid June – mid July 2009


LaGuardia Airport

JFK Airport


Methods for Removal

  • Geese removed during the molt using capture pens

  • Captured geese were placed alive in commercial turkey crates

  • Euthanized


Results

  • 7 days work

  • WS removed 1,235 of the 1,513 Canada geese observed at the 17 selected sites

  • 5-6 % of resident population


Recommendations

  • Work with neighboring landowners

  • Expand Canada goose removals

  • Utilize additional capture techniques


Summary

  • Off-Airport Wildlife Hazards are a significant threat to aviation safety

  • Airports need to work with landowners and wildlife managers to develop a suitable program to eliminate or reduce these Hazards when and where they occur

  • All wildlife programs need to be evaluated periodically and adjustments made as needed


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