Carol Bannermanhe, a Federal Wildlife Services spokeswoman assured the Brooklyn Paper that the agency's goal "is to manage resident Canada goose populations to achieve an optimal balance between the positive values and conflicts associated with these birds." “Near airports, this would mean fewer wildlife hazards and risks.”
But the map that accompanies the article (below) suggests that "near airports" really means anywhere within seven miles of the city's two major air traffic hubs (JFK and Laguardia), which basically covers half of Brooklyn, all of Manhattan save the tip of the Financial District, all of Queens and most of the Bronx. A similar area surrounding Newark International would cover half of Staten Island. The Prospect Park lake where geese killed this summer were taken from is not covered by the JFK "airport protection zone."
The exact number of birds killed this summer and how many will be in the cross-hairs come next summer is unclear, but the NYPD says that three or more geese together in a public place officially constitutes a gaggle, and makes them eligible for questioning.