State game bird specialist Bryan Swift said there is about five times the number of Canada geese than should be supported by the region's land mass. He said the area is home to an estimated 20,000 of the birds.
The state Department of Environmental Conversation official was speaking at a round-table discussion in Hempstead convened on Thursday to talk about how to control the geese population.
The region's geese have come under scrutiny as possible culprits in the crippling of US Airways Flight 1549. The pilot was forced to ditch the jet in the Hudson River after the engines lost power following a bird strike.