The National Park Service released this photo today of the 751 geese that were rounded up from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Monday, to be killed at an upstate meat processing plant.
The Parks Service confirmed that about half of the 1,500 geese in what we thought was a "wildlife refuge" have been killed.
"The cull was as humane as possible," wrote the NPS online. "Geese were herded into pen areas, crated and taken to a food processor in Duchess County. They were euthanized and their meat will be distributed to food pantries in New York State."
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who fought to allow agents with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services into the 9,000-acre refuge, said thinning the geese population will reduce the risk of geese flying into planes.
Hat tip to GooseWatchNYC.