Friday, January 16, 2009

Bald eagles are killing us, I say. Killing us!

Biologist Richard Dolbeer said of the bird-strike that precipitated yesterday's emergency landing of a commercial jet on the Hudson River:

"The root of the problem right now is that because of the very successful wildlife conservation programs in North America since the 1970s, we've seen a tremendous resurgence of many wildlife species, particularly large bird species -- species that weigh over 4 pounds, including Canada geese, snow geese, bald eagles, great blue herons, double-crested cormorants, turkey vultures and black vultures."

Wow, what's to be done? Bring back the market hunters?


leavemealoneimdigging said...

Could we bulldoze the habitat of airplanes? Fewer planes, fewer collisions.

Carla said...

I love how the Navy cared so much about the safety of its own pilots (and its multimillion dollar planes) that it proposed that (now-skewered) Outlying Landing Field next to the wintering grounds of 80,000-100,000 snow geese and tundra swans. Oh, pish. What were the chances of a 20-pound swan with a 5-foot wingspan colliding with jets taking off and touching down 24/7?

sweet bay said...

That plan deserved to be skewered about a hundred times.