Critics: Bird-Culling Plan Near JFK Goes Too Far

Environmentalists say the plan to kill a half-dozen bird species near Kennedy Airport in order to reduce bird strikes on planes need to be examined more carefully

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    A bird strike forced an emergency landing in Westchester April 24.

    Critics are crying foul over a plan to control bird populations near New York City's JFK Airport.

    Under a proposal from the U.S. department of Agriculture, staffers would be authorized to kill a half-dozen bird species within a five-mile radius of the airport.

    The intent is to reduce the number of bird strikes on planes.

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    Environmentalists tell the Daily News that the measures need to be examined more carefully.

    They say the plan conflicts with a multimillion-dollar federal effort to restore nearby wetland habitats for migratory birds.

    Birds that could be killed under the plan include Canada geese, mute swans, double-crested cormorants, blackbirds, crows, rock pigeons and European starlings.

    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has proposed legislation that would bypass the environmental impact review process for the plan.

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