Wild world: Airport steps up its battle with birds, coyotes

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The world’s busiest airport in Atlanta is ramping up its efforts to prevent birds and other wildlife from colliding with the roughly 2,500 commercial flights the airport handles each day.
The work includes trapping hawks, scaring birds off with loud cannons, and sometimes using lethal force – with coyotes, for instance.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that wildlife biologist Steven Boyd was the airport’s first wildlife biologist when he was hired five years ago.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently hired a second wildlife biologist to help Boyd protect planes and their passengers from the often unseen risk posed by birds and other wildlife.
Records from the Federal Aviation Administration show that Atlanta’s airport has had 186 reports of wildlife strikes so far this year, as of September.

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