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?

3 comments:

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.