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New York City plans to trap and kill up to 2,000 Canada geese this summer in an attempt to avoid the type of collision that caused a jet to ditch in the Hudson River in January.
The hunt will take place on dozens of city properties within eight kilometres of Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.
Aviation officials have culled the bird flocks on airport property for years, but this will mark a major expansion of the effort into other parts of the city, including about 40 public parks.
The roundup is being timed with the molting season, when the geese can't fly. It is scheduled to begin with