The lake in Prospect Park is completely devoid of geese today; they’re now entombed within a “feathery mass [unmarked] grave.” Last Thursday morning, over 250 of the graceful birds were exterminated by agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an effort to protect planes flying overhead. The geese were herded into a pen (a simple task because the birds were molting and couldn’t fly), boxed up, and tossed into a gas chamber.

The killings were part of a citywide plan to exterminate the birds within seven miles of airports — a policy provoked by the so-called Miracle in the Hudson, in which an airplane was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River after flying through a flock of migrating geese near LaGuardia Airport.

However, many here are mourning (and are outraged by) this tragic incident; the lake in Prospect Park will never be the same…not for a long time, at least.

The Brooklyn Paper

UPDATE (July 25, 2010)–More Geese Headed to The Gas Chamber:

Following the recent euthanization of around 290 Canada geese in Prospect Park, a nine-page report shows the city’s overall goal to thin down the population by 2/3, meaning that around 170,000 geese will be sent to the gas chamber. {Read more: The Gothamist}