In 2012, News 12 reported the fact that, earlier that morning, Wildlife Services (a branch of the USDA) came secretly to the Sprain Golf Course in Yonkers, NY and slaughtered almost 500 geese and their babies - without any prior notice to the community, public discussion, etc.
Wildlife Services has been killing millions upon millions of animals for over 100 years.
Since that time we've learned that this is the norm: Wildlife Services gives no prior notice to the community as it conducts its own highly controversial "war on wildlife," and this is common practice all over the country. WS operates with no oversight and no regulation, profiting over $20 million per year by doing these "culls," at golf courses, parks, and for private businesses such as ranchers.
The NY Times did an expose of their practices, calling them "Agriculture's Misnamed Agency." Citizens don't know who to complain to when they find out after a cull - they desperately contact animal advocacy groups, the press, their elected officials, heartbroken because they are too late and the killing is complete. After learning what was going on in secret, we met with Senator George Latimer and asked him to draft a bill that would help make this agency's operations available to the public before they conduct slaughters - and add a requirement that they inform prospective clients about humane alternatives. (Bill S.2600/A.7067)