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Hunter Was Trying to Take Out Geese. One Took Him Out

Robert Meilhammer knocked unconscious by falling goose

(Newser) - "This is highly unusual," says a rep for Maryland Natural Resources Police, and that might be putting it lightly. The Maryland NRP has confirmed that a 51-year-old who was hunting geese with a larger group was rendered unconscious when a dead goose fell from the sky and hit... More »

With Nowhere to Land, Geese Descend, Die On Toxic Water

Their usual landing site, several others were mostly frozen

(Newser) - A "perfect storm" of a late migration and a snowstorm left thousands of snow geese dead in the toxic waters of an old mine pit in Montana last week, authorities say. A spokesman for the Montana Resources mine company says witnesses described the scene as "700 acres of... More »

Md. County to Kill Pesky Geese, Donate to Food Bank

Humane Society comes out against program, but parks department says it's tried everything

(Newser) - Officials in Montgomery County, Md., have put up fences and attempted to rearrange habitats, but the goose problem in parks there is so bad that they're now resorting to a last-ditch remedy: killing them and donating what's edible to feed the hungry, NBC News reports. Per a press... More »

2K Geese Drop Dead in Idaho

Avian cholera suspected in mass die-off of migrating birds

(Newser) - Some 2,000 migrating snow geese have died in eastern Idaho, likely from avian cholera, which comes on quickly, causes convulsions and erratic flight, and can kill birds midflight, wildlife officials say. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says it collected the dead birds over the past several days... More »

City's Anti-Goose Tactic: Drones

Don't laugh, it's working in Canada

(Newser) - The city of Ottawa seems to have found a novel way to drastically cut down on the number of geese hanging out on beaches and fouling the water: Send in the drones. Or drone, to be more precise, reports the Ottawa Citizen . The city has hired a contractor to buzz... More »

NYC to Gas 700 Geese Over Plane Fears

Avian collisions a major problem for LaGuardia, JFK

(Newser) - Yesterday was a dark day for NYC's Canada geese. Some 700 of them were rounded up and sent on a final journey to a poultry plant in upstate New York as part of an effort to curb the dangerous collisions between the birds and passenger jets leaving from area... More »

Kill Geese to Protect Jets: Sen. Gillibrand

Birds involved in pair of air emergencies this week

(Newser) - Jets' collisions with birds have caused two emergency landings in New York in the past week , and geese in the engine prompted the near-disaster before the miracle landing on the Hudson in 2009 . Now, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says it's time to let wildlife officials cull the goose population near... More »

Birds Again Ground NY Plane

JetBlue flight forced to return to Westchester immediately after takeoff

(Newser) - It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's a collision. Or so went an aborted JetBlue flight taking off from New York's Westchester airport last night, reports the New York Post . Two geese plowed into the windshield of the cockpit of the West Palm Beach-bound flight, forcing... More »

NYC Giving Geese to Food Banks

... in Pennsylvania, at least for this year

(Newser) - New York City plans to send the geese it captures around airports to a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse so the meat can be used for food, reports the New York Times . After catching flack for dumping euthanized geese into landfills, the city chose Pennsylvania because it already has a system set up... More »

Goose Executions Ruffle Feathers

Feds' response to Flight 1549 crash has some crying foul

(Newser) - Some see them as neighborhood pets. Others see them as freeloading flying rats who crashed Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s plane, and right now, this group is winning the fight over Canada geese. Federal wildlife officials have been rounding up the ubiquitous foul and gassing them to death, sparking a... More »

Judge Lets Off Man Who Helped Geese Cross Freeway

(Newser) - A judge went easy yesterday on the Virginia man who pulled over to help geese cross a highway only to be slapped with a jaywalking ticket, the Washington Post reports. The judge said Jozsef Vamosi probably broke the law, but said he’d drop the case if the 60-year-old remained... More »

Wanted: Geese Who'll Gorge Themselves

Progress in the quest for foie gras without force-feeding

(Newser) - In the quest for kinder, gentler fois gras, some producers claim to have succeeded in getting the birds to gorge naturally, fattening up their livers without  force-feeding them. A Spanish company says its prize-winning pate was produced by letting the birds roam freely and butchering them right before they would... More »

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