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June 24, 2012 / V A Nichols

The audacity of USDA, Wildlife Services, Birmingham Airport Authority, and Birmingham Park Board

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to remove, exterminate geese from city parks

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 4:26 PM     Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 4:32 PM

By Jeremy Gray — The Birmingham News

 

 

Two Canada geese cruise a Birmingham area pond in this file photo. (The Birmingham News/Joe Songer)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in conjunction with USDA Wildlife Services and Birmingham city park department, will begin rounding up and exterminating geese in three city parks.

Airport spokeswoman Toni Herrera-Bast this afternoon issued a statement saying “the Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial service airports to maintain safe operations. It also requires those US airports that have wildlife presence to perform measures in order to alleviate wildlife hazards to air carrier operations.”

The statement continues:

“The Airport’s primary function is to provide its passengers and its surrounding communities with a safe airport.”

Herrera-Bast said the roundup will happen during a single night sometime in June or July.

In 2011, 131 domestic geese, and 3 Muscovy ducks, along with 113 Canada geese were snared in a roundup, drawing the ire of bird lovers.

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