Coyotes Growing Problem At NC Airport

Crowded airplanes, lost baggage and delays often greet travelers during the Thanksgiving weekend, but the airport for North Carolina's capital city wrestles with another problem, coyotes.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that officials at Raleigh-Durham International Airport have seen an increase in the number of coyotes crossing the paths of airplanes in recent months.

Airport workers and federal wildlife managers usually try to scare the animals off runways with cap guns or bottle rockets. They've come up with a new plan that includes improved fencing and keeping grasses trimmed low to manage coyotes and other wildlife.

One jet hit a coyote on a runway in September and another jet hit a fox recently. Officials also occasionally have problems with deer and birds.

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