July 17, 2010 / Brooklyn news / Meadows of Shame

Tupper Thomas finally speaks about goose slaughter

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On the eve of tonight’s vigil for the 290 Canadian geese slaughtered by federal officials last week, Prospect Park Administrator Tupper Thomas finally broke her silence.

But the park boss didn’t respond to our week’s worth of questions, but issued a statement to “Friends of Prospect Park.”

Since we’re “friends,” we got the statement, and pass it along to you now, unedited:

Dear Friends of Prospect Park:

The recent culling of Canada Geese in Prospect Park is disturbing to many people, including staff at the Park. That people care so passionately about the Park and its natural environment and speak out in its defense is truly wonderful and very welcomed.

The Canada Geese were removed from the Park late last week and euthanized as part of a joint US Department of Agriculture, Port Authority and City of New York program to reduce the geese population near the flight paths of area airports. Prospect Park is one of a number of parks and locations chosen by the City of New York to be included in this program.

Prospect Park is a public, New York City park and is administered in accordance with City, State and Federal regulations and policies. However many Park users have contacted us in recent days about what can be done in the future to avoid this situation.

The staff at Prospect Park, both the Alliance and the Parks Department, recognize that we are the stewards of this amazing greenspace and public resource. Over the years we have undertaken extensive restoration of the Park’s natural areas and watercourse to provide wildlife with hundreds of acres of healthy habitat. We have a wonderful natural resources crew who work year round to keep the habitat healthy and a staff of naturalists at our Audubon Center who educate thousands of young people annually about the importance of wildlife.

To provide the best ongoing ecological care of our habitat, the Park will be forming a wildlife management taskforce comprised of experts in the field. This will strengthen the Alliance and Parks Department’s commitment to safeguarding both nature and people.

Prospect Park is one of many city, state and federally managed parks in the metropolitan area and holistic stewardship of the regional ecology is important. Prospect Park is our park - thankfully many of you consider it your park — and with your help, we can continue to work together to ensure Prospect Park remains healthy and beautiful.

Sincerely yours,

Tupper Thomas

Prospect Park Administra­tor/Prospect Park Alliance President

The vigil for the gassed geese will be today, July 17, at the gazebo on Prospect Park lake (near the entrance at Prospect Park Southwest and Vanderbilt Street in Prospect Park) at 6:30 pm. Check the “For the Love of the Geese in Prospect Park” Facebook page for info.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

MaryNYC from NYC says:
Euthanasia is a word. It is in the dictionary. Please look it up.
July 17, 2010, 8:27 am
BrooklynCouch from Park Slope says:
What a stupid, moronic channeling of energy and time. My guess is that 95% of the people outraged by this alleged scandal/due process violation didn't bat an eye when Obamacare was passed, a Marxist was put in charge of Medicaid and Medicare on a Recess Appointment basis, etc. et. etc.

People, your priorities are screwed up, and you have no sense of morality or proportion.
July 17, 2010, 12:28 pm
A modest proposal from your subconsious mind says:
There have been a number of primate strikes on vehicles as they attempt to traverse Flatbush ave. Although the adult primates are wary of cars, juveniles have been seen to dart in front of them with disasterous effects on the vehicles bumpers and undercarriages.

In response, the Feds in conjunction with Metro officials are organizing a cull of all primates in the Park vicinity. The german firm Evonik has been contracted to provide Zyclon B, a commercial insecticide which they warrant for use on primates. All juvenile primates are to be rounded up in the neighboring breeding grounds of Park Slope, and gassed until death. It is hoped that this final solution will solve the car strike problem and allow free access of cars to all parts of the Park.
July 17, 2010, 12:30 pm
A modest proposal from your subconsious mind says:
Agreed, Brooklyn Couch. We need to round up these marxist liberal primates and gas them to death. The scourge of affordable health care must be nipped in the bud!
July 17, 2010, 12:36 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
A Modest Proposal From Your Subconsious Mind, you would almost be funny if there was some equivalence between birds and people.

But far too many people value a bird or dog they know over the stranger. You might feel difference if a relative or friend was killed in a jet crash attributed to birds. Of course, you should not have to be so connected to that to get it, but, alas, some people are limited.

Gee, the most leftist, definitionally pro-animal rights administration, together with a left-leaning state government, together with a left leaning City government, deemed it appropriate to deal with the geese as they did.

But you know better. You are omniscient.

Actually, you (in the plural) are a flock of arrogant, amoral, childish know-nothings. You were raised to have a broken moral compass, and you have one.
July 17, 2010, 1:02 pm
not left-right issue from nyc says:
the answer to killing is always more killing. duh.

i mean its not like the geese could've been relocated.
July 17, 2010, 1:08 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Geese fly. The goal is to reduce the total population of geese. Hundreds of thousands of Canada geese are likely slated to be put to sleep; that's likely the scale of the problem. And I hope they are.
July 17, 2010, 1:38 pm
Eddie from Bay Ridge says:
Steven Rosenberg, get a life. Elsewhere you whined againandagainandagain that those who disagreed w/you were "depraved" and lacked morals. Now they're "arrogant, amoral, childish know-nothings." Is the BP your pomposity outlet?
July 17, 2010, 2:36 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Eddie from Bay Ridge, guess what I have to say to you...
July 17, 2010, 2:52 pm
S from Brooklyn says:
The decision had nothing to do with officials at Prospect Park. They are taking the heat for something they had nothing to do with.
July 17, 2010, 3:04 pm
BS from Brooklyn says:
Thanks, Brooklyn Paper, for wasting my time. Tupper said NOTHING in her statement, one way or the other.

You should have indicated as much in your home page teaser.
July 17, 2010, 8:52 pm
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Now what about the assault on humanity and wildlife that's planned to happen Sunday 7/18, aka the "MIH Ventures" "party" in the Nethermead???
July 17, 2010, 10:09 pm
Eddie from Bay Ridge says:
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Eddie from Bay Ridge, guess what I have to say to you...

Yeah ... that I'm a "depraved" "arrogant, amoral, childish know-nothing" ... all because I'm tired of your johnny-one-note rants. But due to monomania, you'd say the same thing if the issue was mustard vs. mayo, winter vs. summer, or Coke vs. Pepsi.
July 18, 2010, 11:32 am
W. Henry from lefferts says:
Where is the outrage regarding how women are treated?
World wide women are second to men. At this very moment a women is being abused or killed. I don't get it. the geese are protected by a statue. we should not interfer with them by attempting to make pets out of them. If the geese had not been encouraged to stay in the park by people feeding them; there would not have been a reason to capture them. For decades the geese have been able to stop at the park. the problem started when well meaning individuals started to bring things for the geese to eat. There were too many here because they were being hand fed several times each and every day. I've witnessed people arriving like clock work with shopping bags of bread. they toss it on the ground and walk away. If that type of behavior is stopped no goose will ever have to be round up and killed. STOP feeding the wild life!
July 18, 2010, 4:44 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
Tupper Thomas should get a medal...she finally did something right.
all this back an forth about a bunch of geese is a waste of time, people buy geese every day.
July 19, 2010, 11:19 am
jenny b from windsor terrace says:
I have also witnessed people bring bags of old bread to the lake, we have to stop feeding the birds. Ban feeding of wild life in the lake just like the Brooklyn Botanic did in their small pond by the Japanese Garden and the Koi eat the algae and don't get diabetic by eating bread.
July 19, 2010, 11:59 am
Jeffrey Starin from Park Slope says:
Not a word about how this was an action carried out by the silent partner -- the FAA! They design and create the air routes over our Park. Their navigation charts specifically tell pilots to FLY OVER THE PARK. They could change this if they weren't blinded by the airline industry and the Bloomberg administration which benefits in the form of increased revenue from increased air flights into La Guardia. There are options, but the politicians have been bought out by the airlines. Shame on all of them.
July 19, 2010, 12:22 pm
Aimlow Joe from Brownsville says:
Holy Flying Poop Factory! 290? How about 29000? Terrible birds, just awful. We got rid of the passenger pigeon. We could surely do the same here.

Too bad they don't taste good.

Aimlow Joe was here.
July 19, 2010, 4:43 pm
hamilton from windsor terrace says:

obama is putting 1200 troops on the canadian border to stop illegal geese from entering the country
July 20, 2010, 9:01 am
Too Many People! from Mars says:
The government should cull off parts of the human population in order to keep the environment healthy. People breed like rats anyway, how about the government euthanize some of them? Oh, wait, it's because people think they are more important than other species of animals!

Don't take my comment seriously, I'm being extremely sarcastic.
July 30, 2010, 9:14 pm

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