Man vs. Goose: Taking the Fight to the Unruly Flock

With populations of Canada geese soaring, cities are taking drastic steps to deal with these unruly flocks

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Rikers island has held New York City's tough-guy prisoners for more than a century, but it is also populated by a much flightier group that stands accused of crimes against New Yorkers: Canada geese. Attracted by the vacant fields and easy access to water, thousands of geese have come to live on the fringes of the island, which is less than a mile from La Guardia Airport. But because the big birds have shown a propensity for colliding with jets — there have been at least 68 Canada-goose strikes in New York State in the past decade — on June 11,...

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