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Bentonville city airport seeks permit to kill geese

Feb 11, 2019 |

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — City officials in Bentonville are seeking a permit from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to kill geese at the municipal airport.

Airport officials say the geese typically spend about four months each spring at the airport and pose a safety hazard because they could strike aircraft.

Airport officials had first discussed deterrent measures, but decided that those were costly and would involve moving the geese at least 300 miles away from the airport. If the permit is issued, trained law enforcement officers would simply shoot the geese to remove the threat to aircraft and their passengers taking off and landing at the airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been 194,000 incidents of wildlife striking planes in the U.S. between 1990 and 2017.

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