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Removal of off airport wildlife hazards a case study nyc canada geese
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 program development
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


  • Public Perception

  • Landowners

  • Cost

  • Permits

Off airport program
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
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
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
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
Determine Action



Egg and Nest Destruction

Population Reduction

The nyc canada goose removal
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.


  • 47 proposed removal sites

  • 17 removal sites selected

  • Removals took place mid June – mid July 2009

LaGuardia Airport

JFK Airport

Methods for removal
Methods for Removal

  • Geese removed during the molt using capture pens

  • Captured geese were placed alive in commercial turkey crates

  • Euthanized


  • 7 days work

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

  • 5-6 % of resident population


  • Work with neighboring landowners

  • Expand Canada goose removals

  • Utilize additional capture techniques


  • 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