Canada geese have become such pests at the Bronx Zoo that workers have shot them, destroyed eggs and sterilized some birds.
“They really usurp nesting areas of other birds,” zoo director William Conway said Tuesday. “They’re quite hard on small birds and they sometimes carry diseases in the park.”
The zoo has a sharpshooter who killed 19 geese last year, Conway said. Zoo workers also punched holes in 144 goose eggs found in the park.
The zoo is now trying a gentler method of population control. Seven male geese have been given vasectomies.