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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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    Come on folks, surly you could read the sarcasm in Kimo's post. Most of you folks need to learn about Mr.Coyote.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Nov 25, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Sarcasm: Noun : harsh or bitter derision of irony.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    Magnificent is any animal, when you study them closely enough. Coyotes however are overpopulated. Eradication is NOT the answer (Ed) because they are a necessary part of the ecosystem as well. Like anything else, because of human encroachment there has to be some regulated control to keep that population healthy. Airports tend to be surrounded by wildlife because of the large spaces and not much else in the immediate zone. Unfortunately, they don't recognize boundaries like painted lines & posted signs. Kimo... wow. I don't think I'm going to even say anything because you've made yourself look bad enough without my help.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    Kimo god forbid a tragedy happens.If it does I hope it is a plane full of Left Wing nut job PETA people.
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Nov 25, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    Just send out a RoadRunner for them to chase, and an ACME catalog - problem solved.
  • by VLD on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    Do'nt pay any attention to Kimo Kimo needs Therapy.I just looked at my hunting regulation book and it said open season year round and no bag limits(Kill as many as you want).Waste of money doing all that building fences when they will just tunnel underneath it.Maybe I need to apply for a job on Offing some Coyotes.
  • by Michelle Location: Belhaven on Nov 25, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    I know you did not just say that Kimo !!!! What is so magnificent about these animals that you want to wait for people to die before something is done about this. Come on... Human life ??? Animal life ??? NOT a hard decission for most..
  • by Ed Location: NC on Nov 25, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    Is Kimo kidding....Wait until a human life is lost before addressing the problem. I've seen coyotes up close. Most are infested with mange and they carry a number of diseases including rabies. The are nuisance predators, destroying quail, turkey, and small game populations as well as preying on many domestic animals inluding pets. The more they interact with humans, the less fear they will have of them and sooner or later they'll grab a child in someone's back yard. Eradicate them.
  • by Flight Safety Location: Carteret County on Nov 25, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    TO Kimo: I can't believe that you would want to wait until these animals caused a deadly accident. Instead they are doing the correct thing in trying to prevent an accident and creating safety for these beautiful animals. If they cause a deadly accident not only will humans die but the animal will too!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Nov 25, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    Please don't do anything to harm these magnificent animals. At least not until they cause a deadly accident at the airport.
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