Tuesday, January 08, 2008
A Natural Way to Clear a Runway
Wildlife activity close to runways often compromises airport safety. While airports have tried traps, poison and ultrasound to scare off pesky animals, the southern Italian port town of Bari is about to try something different. Its airport has been plagued by foxes hunting the swarms of mice and rabbits abounding in the airfield at dawn and dusk. It seems that foxes are terrified by large birds of prey, so a young golden eagle has been trained to scare them away from the runway areas. The eagle, called Cheyenne, will commence her patrols in a few weeks' time.