Ask any Golf Course Superintendent what they absolutely hate most especially in states like New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and that is Canada Geese! You see whether it is a private country club, a USGA event or some cheap municipal golf course ground crews and club staff spend years trying to get a course to look a certain way. Golf courses are known for their meticulously manicured grounds that often include water hazards and wild grass scenery. Which unfortunately is a beacon and ideal setting for Canada Geese to take residency. It can be quite a job to keep geese off a golf course, or out of the grassy areas near the water at a park. Golf course maintenance crews are kept busy with all they must do to keep the course green and mowed, clean and free from geese and their nasty droppings. Geese are known to forage on the course’s opulent green vegetation and the average goose is responsible for 4 lbs. of droppings a day.
Once geese start nesting on your golf course, they will continue to come back year after year, that of course if they migrate at all and do not take up year-round residency. Once they lay their eggs geese will become extremely aggressive protecting their nest and attacking anyone or anything going near it. Do not get it twisted this is not our nursery rhyme mother goose, although not known for their violence, a mother goose will hiss, stomp, and attack golfers that go near their nest.
If you happen to be one of many golf courses that have become overrun with geese or simple just have a family of geese eating their way around the buffet known as the 18th fairway Loomacres Wildlife Management has the solutions for you!
There are several options for ridding your property of Canadian geese including chemical sprays and landscape redesign, but the most effective method is to use highly trained Border Collies known as goose dogs. These intelligent and energetic animals are taught not to harm the birds, but rather to use their natural intense stare to convince the geese that a predator is lurking nearby. Geese are concerned with survival and will not congregate where a Border Collie is patrolling. Even better, when geese seek refuge in the water, the dogs are very adept at swimming and will not rest until the last goose has fled.
To make sure we not only get the job done efficiently but abide by all United States Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines and laws regarding Canada Geese, all our well-trained goose dogs are healthy and strong and have completed a structured program to prepare them for success in the field. A well-trained Goose Control Dog can be very persuading to a flock of Canada Geese, convincing them that a certain location is not really where they want to reside. Our Border Collies are exceptional swimmers and intense herders and that makes them ideal candidates for controlling geese.
Additionally, we offer other solutions that when applied with using a boarder collie can prove even more effective:
For more information or to even book a free site visit and demonstration on your golf course please fill out the fields below and someone from Loomacres Wildlife Management will contact you.
Did you know that all Part 139 airports are required to perform a formal WHMP Review every 12 months? The FAA states that the foundation for these evaluations is not only the documentation of wildlife strikes but the maintenance of consistent records of wildlife surveys and wildlife control activities. Based on the annual evaluation the WHMP should be updated as needed to ensure the information adequately addresses known wildlife hazards. As these changes are adopted, approved, and implemented at the airport, it is of the utmost importance that all documentation is well prepared and available during FAA inspections.
This procedure is to assist airport operators in documenting this review, the following sample review forms are provided. One form is for the “annual” review (every 12 consecutive months), and one for a review following a triggering event. These forms represent examples and may be used as provided or modified to suit specific needs to review a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan.
Once a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan is in place, it must be evaluated every 12 consecutive months or following a triggering event as per 14 CFR part 139.337(f)(6). Those triggering events are:
· An air carrier aircraft experiences multiple wildlife strike
· An air carrier aircraft experiences substantial damage from striking wildlife
· An air carrier aircraft experiences an engine ingestion of wildlife.
During the WHMP review, the airport and the Certified Airport Wildlife Biologist will need to follow the questions listed on the WHMP Review Checklist. Any discussions will be based on the management over the course of the last year. This checklist will cover areas including:
After all of this is completed, an official review will be completed and documented by the conduction Airport Wildlife Biologist. Part 139 airports are required to keep this document on file for further modifications and review.
January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 at 3:27:11 during climbout, the plane struck a flock of Canada geese at an altitude of 2,818 feet (859 m) about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north-northwest of LaGuardia. The pilots' view was filled with the large birds; passengers and crew heard very loud bangs and saw flames from the engines, followed by silence and an odor of fuel.
New Jersey you have a problem! Nuisance Resident Geese have taken over your parks, golf courses, and residential ponds and it is becoming a mess. Goose Control is and should remain a high priority for anyone dealing with this spike in bird numbers. Resident Geese numbers have been on the steady rise since 1993 which according to the USDA was right around 40,000 then boomed to 110,000 in the year 2003 and has been slowly increasing year after year. Nuisance wildlife management is the term given to the process of selective removal of problem individuals or populations of specific species of wildlife. Other terms for the field include wildlife damage management, wildlife control, and animal damage control to name a few. Right now, in the State Of New Jersey for example the number of complaints and the demand for wildlife Management is increasing.
Most Canada goose damage complaints in New Jersey involve accumulations of feces on lawns and walkways at homes, schools, hospitals, corporate campuses, and public parks. Goose feces damage property, compromise overall quality of life, and have the potential to pose serious health threats due to the presence of disease-causing organisms. Other damage associated with geese includes overgrazing of lawns and recreational fields, and goose aggression and human injury during the nesting season.
At Loomacres Wildlife Management we have been fighting the battle against Geese for almost 20 years! By using a wide variety of methods, we can ensure you that your goose problem can be managed. Management of the problems associated with Canada geese requires development of an integrated damage management program that includes a variety of safe, practical, effective, and legal techniques. Nuisance wildlife management is the term given to the process of selective removal of problem individuals or populations of specific species of wildlife. Other terms for the field include wildlife damage management, wildlife control, and animal damage control to name a few.
What We Do: This process may sound complicated to some but for us it is simple. Once we have one of our Certified Wildlife Biologist come assess your situation and do a risk management analysis, we can then begin to put together a strategy. Most cases tend to be unique so there is no “silver bullet” or “quick fix” method! There are several different factors that take place like time of year, nearby habitat, food source, etc. Once our Biologist has come up with a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, we can begin implementing that strategy using either Lethal (depredation) or Non-Lethal tactics such as hazing or habitat management.
How We Do It: For needs outside of the regulated hunting season and any other state-specific goose control programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues goose depredation permits to qualifying individuals and municipalities. These permits allow for the removal of geese, typically 1-2 per day, but must be done in conjunction with active non-lethal methods. Please see Federal Migratory Bird Depredation Permit for information and the permit form. If the need for Lethal Goose Control is in order Loomacres will obtain all necessary permits on behalf of our client.
For those cases that require Non-Lethal Goose Management Methods we at Loomacres Wildlife Management use an arsenal of techniques listed below.
If you are currently experiencing a problem with Nuissance Geese wreaking havoc on your ponds, parks, lawns, or they are in a place where they shouldn’t be please fill out the contact information below and Loomacres Wildlife Management will be in contact with you shortly.
Without a doubt the Covid-19 Pandemic changed the landscape of all business in the United States. Technology was used more than ever with essentially everyone using zoom meetings, go to meetings, and virtual workplaces. Garages and basements turned into offices and closets turned into break rooms! After speaking with several leaders in the Wildlife Damage Management community one thing that was apparent was how much the landscape of the industry changed. Annual conferences that we used to attend became awkward virtual unorganized online meetings, less interactions with lifelong customers, and restricted travel. However, one good thing that came out of it was the FAA allowing Certified Airport Wildlife Biologist to conduct Wildlife Hazard Management Training remotely to fulfill the mandated Part 139 Airport Certification and stay in compliance.
The FAA requires airports and airport staff to comply with 8 hours of training and education every year. Loomacres Wildlife Management conducts these seminars and educational courses to instruct airport personnel to proper identification and management of wildlife on their airport. These Wildlife Hazard Management and Wildlife Identification courses checks all the requirement boxes that the FAA requires and now you can do it from a computer screen. All trainings are still taught by one of our Certified Airport Wildlife Biologist that will customize the webinar according to your airports Wildlife Hazard Management Plan and specific risk history.
Imagine this scenario, you just hire a new staff member to service or carry out your Wildlife Hazard Management Plan. But you have already had your 8 Hour mandated training. What do you? Do you book another one, or send that employee to a training and pay for hotel, mileage, and food? Not anymore, you simply register that employee for a virtual training session and their certificates will be in the mail!
One of the issues we saw in this transition however is most airport personnel operates on 12 hour shifts that can compliments everyone being on a training webinar at the same time. Quick fix though seeing as these trainings are online, they can attend anywhere, anytime, and still complete the requirements set forth by the FAA and the USFWS. Below is a list of topics covered in your customized virtual training program.
Feral pigs or wild boar to some are becoming a rising problem for airports and airport managers who are responsible and held accountable for providing a safe and wildlife risk free runway for planes arriving and departing. Feral pigs which are one of the most invasive species here in the United States but are wreaking havoc worldwide. Hunters, Wildlife Biologists, and the Government Agencies have been ramping up efforts to get the population in check to reduce the number of costly accidents and crop devastation. estimates there are at least 6 million feral swine spread throughout some 35 states. They have been a particularly virulent problem throughout the south, especially in Texas, where their incessant rooting and voracious eating destroy crops, erode soil and uproot tree seedlings, causing deforestation. They also carry disease like pseudorabies and swine brucellosis. The U.S.D.A. estimates, conservatively, that invasive swine cause upward of $1.5 billion in damage annually to all manner of agriculture, including rice, corn, and grains. But what about airports? Here are a few stories where pigs have cost the aviation industries a substantial amount of money and airfield damages.
An Etihad Airways Airbus A320 in January of 2020 collided with a wild boar when landing in the capital of Pakistan. The Aviation Herald reports that registration A6-EII was performing flight EY-233 from Abu Dhabi. However, as it touched down on the runway at Islamabad Airport, the crew noticed that the plane had hit an animal. The plane did not seem to be too affected by the collision as it continued to roll out and taxi onto the apron. Thereafter, staff went to see what happened when A320-200 was landing. While observing the ground, a wild boar was found lying on the runway.
In 1988 at Jacksonville International Airport Lt. Col. Sam Carter was rolling down the runway at 160 mph after landing when saw ″a brown blur″ and felt a bump before his Air National Guard jet veered toward a ditch and a stand of pines. A pair of wild pigs that wandered off course got hit by an F-16 fighter, forcing the pilot to eject as the jet veered off a runway and crash. Carter who was forced to eject from the jet before it collided with the nearby woods! This incident destroyed a $16 million dollar jet.
In 2008 at the Will Rodgers World Airport outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a group of feral hogs had been digging under the airport fence and eventually broke through wondering around the airfield at night. The airport has a wildlife mitigation team with biologists from the United States Department of Agriculture. Those biologists had been tracking the hog for several days. In the end the pigs had caused enough damage to the airfield and the fence that biologist had to shoot them because they kept coming back.
Want to talk about severe long-term damage ask Williston Municipal Airport’s historic grass runway. The grass runway, spanning 2,600 feet, had been closed to the public for about a year, but not to the hogs. Since World War II, the runway has been open on and off. Despite local efforts, wild hog damage and maintenance issues are preventing the runway from getting approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Without the FAA’s blessing, if an accident were to happen on the grass runway, the city would be held liable. Damage from the feral hog infestation added another hurdle to seeking federal approval.
Clearly these are just a few examples and there are many more all over the world. Here in the United States as this invasive species continues to grow in numbers and the risk of more planes colliding with them on the rise, its easy to see why Feral Pig Management is in high demand.
Invasive species typically thrive in a new environment for two reasons. When an animal, fish, insect, or plant is taken out of its original ecosystem and introduced to a new one—whether by accident or on purpose; it is less likely to have any natural predator so there is nothing to keep their population in check. Second without a predator in place, open the flood gates for breeding! Typically, invasive species are prolific breeders due to ideal habitat and next to no hunting predation pressure. They can destroy native plants, gobble up native animal populations and introduce disease, upending the delicate balance of organisms that provide food or support for each other, or provide a check on each other’s growth. Extinctions have proliferated.
Our human thumb print on this planet and especially the United States has absolutely fueled some of the greatest failures to regional and local ecosystems around the country. By releasing pet snakes in the Everglades National Park to a Shakespeare fan (true story) taking his love for a poet too far, we have without a doubt been careless and irresponsible with our actions.
Here is a list of some of the most hazardous invasive species we seemingly have no solution for in the Unites States.
In January 2017, I was waiting in the terminal of an airport that will remain unnamed. While in this terminal - at which passengers walk into a breezeway separating the terminal from the cold northern winds outside - I noticed a small bird in this breezeway that looked as though it was loafing in the area and enjoying the wind break it had found. I then watched as this bird continued to wait in this area until an airport employee walked past and opened the door so that they could enter the terminal. When the door was opened, the bird, which turned out to be a house sparrow (Passer domesticus), seized the opportunity to enter the terminal too, where it then began feeding on the crumbs of leftover food from waiting passengers and generally made itself known through making noise and flying through the terminal rooms and halls.
In the world of airports and aircraft, birds are a constant sight. While birds are a well-known issue in Active Operating Areas (AOAs) of an airfield, they can be just as much of an issue for the people working indoors (i.e. Airport terminals and Hangers). Some species, most notably house sparrows, European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) and rock doves -AKA Pigeons- (Columba livia) are notorious for being able to find ways to enter a structure and set up house within it. With that homemaking ability also comes a cost to the humans who built and utilize that structure. That cost usually comes in the form of the droppings that the birds leave behind. These droppings can fall onto people and objects below and manifest themselves into a larger issue than the birds themselves. These droppings not only create a mess that must be constantly cleaned up; but can also act as a vector for many diseases, such as Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning), Histoplasmosis and E. Coli. In addition to the deterioration of the sanitary levels of the immediate area, these diseases add a hazardous and potentially deadly variable to the equation. These diseases can be transferred to humans, especially in crowded areas, through the disturbance of dried fecal material, which then can become airborne and be inhaled by nearby humans.
The first question that must be answered is “how are they getting in?”. That answer potentially lies in many forms, but the most obvious one to start with is the front door. Whether this is the large overhead door on a hanger, or a single “man door” separating an airport terminal from the aircraft apron outside. Birds have both the ability and the reputation to use these doors to enter a structure just like you or me. While it will certainly help to try and keep these doors closed as much as possible, sooner or later they will be opened, and even if that is just to let a person inside the terminal from the ramp, House Sparrows can easily take this opportunity to enter the building and the problems can only rise from there. For instances like these, one possible solution may be to try and limit the birds’ willingness to be nearby a door when it is open, and to do this, it may be possible to dissuade individuals to loaf nearby through the removal of perching areas where they birds can sit and wait right opportunity. In places where the perch site cannot be physically removed, it may be possible to modify that site so as so birds will avoid its use. This can be achieved several ways, but the easiest is to install exclusion devices. There are two common types of exclusion devices. Physical barriers can be as simple as multiple plastic or metal sticks emanating from a single base (lengths can vary but are generally about 6 inches in length) that make it difficult for a bird to comfortably land and perch; or a large scale as exclusion netting, eliminating access to an entire overhang or area. Liquid/gel applicants on the other hand, are substances that can be applied onto these same sites (or sites where physical barriers are not wanted to be visible) and leave a sticky coating on the surface that makes birds uncomfortable and unwilling to linger there. Another gel product that has come onto the market is known as Optical Gel, these small gelatin discs (which look like a cluster of corn kernels), offer a green, environmentally friendly alternative to bird abatement. Between containing materials that give off offensive odors to birds (but pleasant to humans), and emitting UV rays that look like flames to birds (there is no actual fire/flames), it persuades unwanted avian guests from loafing in areas where these discs are utilized. A factor that must be taken into consideration when using any liquid/gel application is its exposure to the environment. These substances have the potential to degrade overtime and will need to be reapplied. Other options could be more subtle in their approach, such as programing electronic sliding doors to open and subsequently close faster than standard programing to reduce the amount of opportunity a bird (or birds) have to enter a structure. In areas with multiple doors in a breezeway, such as at airports in colder climates, the timing of those doors can also be manipulated to disallow bird egress.
In addition to the door, if birds and/or bird sign (droppings or feathers) are found within a structure, precautions should be taken to make sure that any other potential avenue for entry is closed, such as holes or gaps in the walls or roof that may allow a bird to fit and make its way into a building. These openings can be as small as 1 inch, in which species can gain access into a building, or find a cavity to establish a nesting site.
New technology developments are now available to deter birds from loafing in unwanted areas. Sonic speakers can be generalized as a specialized audio speaker system that is used to emit bird distress and predatory sounds to stress unwanted visitors enough to the point where they vacate the area. In the short term, these products can be effective, although birds have been known to become conditioned and acclimated to the speakers to the point where they ignore them altogether and care must be taken to not allow this to occur. Through the moving of the sound system to new areas, as well as randomizing the time between calling sequences, managers can keep the birds on their toes so to speak, and not allow birds to become accustomed to the speakers. Another product type on the market allows for the blanketing of a large area to make birds uncomfortable in the area. This product is known as a Hazer, also known as a fogger. Hazers use a fan and sprayer to broadcast a chemical that is unpleasant, yet unharmful to unwanted avian guests and prompts birds to vacate the area that has been treated. These types of products are specialized to affect only avian species and not humans.
In some environments and situations where public perspective may play an important part in the approach to dissuading birds, a subtler approach can be to passively deter birds from congregating in an area. These areas could include open ceilings with exposed I-beams or other possible perches, such as underneath overpasses for walkways or roadways that allow for perching habitat. Places such as these do not require speakers or bird spikes, as other materials, such as netting can be installed to cover a larger swath of area, blocking the general area from bird access rather than only on specific perching sites.
Should the birds be successful in entering the structure, staff can utilize traps to remove the birds. These traps can be as rudimentary as a butterfly net and a lucky arm, or as complex as funnel, aka confusion traps which utilize a narrowing funnel like passageway, with the narrow end in the trap. These traps are baited with food, and the birds enter the larger outside portion of the trap and follow the food into the trap, all the while the funnel is forcing their heads lower until they enter the main chamber of the trap, where the birds regain their natural upright stance. The confusion part of the traps name comes from how the birds are unable to escape the trap, as they will not naturally lower their heads to leave via the funnel they entered from.
The funnels take advantage of this natural unwillingness to “duck” and allows for a trap that is easy to move and manage and can be quickly placed and baited in a likely trapping area. A quick note about these traps, is to have a trap where the funnels are built separate from the main trap structure, and hanging the funnels by hog rings, allowing for not only a funnel, but also a flipping door reminiscent of a “doggy door”. The purpose of this swinging door is not for the entry of the birds, but so they funnels can be swung up and attached via clips or zip ties to the roof, allowing for unhindered access to the baited trap, which in turn makes the birds more comfortable with the entire setup. Prior to setting any trap, a few days should be taken to “pre-bait”/feed the birds. Pre-baiting should take steps in attracting birds to a specialized location (area outside of public view), then baiting within the trap placed in the location, but an exit door left open. This allows the birds to become acclimated to entering and exiting the trap. Then finally the trap door is closed, and birds can be captured and removed. Pre-baiting prior to attempted trapping can increase catch success, especially with birds that may be “trap-shy”.
In the end, unfortunately, no matter the precautions that an airport is willing to undergo, unwanted avian guests will almost always be able to find a way into places that they believe they can find either food or shelter and especially both. The best practice to minimize their impact on the day-to-day traffic within a terminal is to provide routine monitoring support in the form of trained staff. Staff should monitor structures for activity and convey information to proper channels (wildlife staff and/or maintenance) of their presence and during which time the birds can safely and discretely be removed the building.
One of the biggest battles when it comes to goose control especially in the Northeast states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts is time! The weather and change of seasons are extremely unpredictable. One minute you’re shoveling snow after a nor ’easter storm the next you’re planting spring flower boxes. But that is more reason in the world of wildlife management time is of the essence! When it comes to Goose Control nothing is harder to do than re-rout a Canada Goose population once they have selected where they will nest and lay their eggs, as well as undergo their molting season. Adult Canada geese molt (completely replace flight feathers) each summer and cannot fly during this six-week period. After adults have completed the molt and young geese grow their first flight feathers, they begin to travel in flocks. Resident Canada geese usually move only short distances for the winter. Federal law protects Canada geese. It is illegal to harm geese, their eggs, or their nests in the United States without permission from the U.S. Fish and Wild Service (USFWS). Geese may be harassed or scared away without a permit if the geese, goslings, eggs, and nests are not harmed. USFWS allows resident Canada goose eggs to be treated to prevent hatching after simply registering online (details below).
PROBLEMS AND DAMAGE
A flock of Geese can cause quite a bit of damage to your property and if they make it an annual process, that can get costly. In that case you should be on the phone and calling Loomacres Wildlife Management to solve your problem and prevent further damage. Here are some examples of what damage geese can cause.
Because time is the key factor in a successful goose management plan, being proactive is essential especially early on before Canada Geese start mating and nesting on your property. In most cases, it is ideal to install goose control devices during the last week of February or the first week of March. However, in the northeast depending on the winter and spring storms, this may be delayed till early April in states like New Jersey and Downstate NY. Keep in mind that migratory patterns, molting and brooding season for Canada Geese vary depending on your location; you may need to do research and adjust your projected installation date. Check with local wildlife sources or give us a call to figure out the best time to implement goose control devices such as harassing or hazing. Scaring geese away so they learn your site is not a safe place—works better before geese become strongly attached to a site. The longer geese have used a site, the harder it will be to get them to move. Geese are also more willing to relocate before they establish nesting territories in early spring and again after goslings are flighted in late summer. Using techniques developed to manage livestock, dogs are trained to harass geese. Geese see the dogs as predators and avoid them. Dogs handled properly put geese in flight and the geese leave an area entirely. Handled improperly they may only put the birds in the water, where, if not pursued, they quickly learn the dog is not a real threat.
Geese may leave when untrained and unhandled dogs roam a property or when family pets give chase. But there are concerns about this. If a dog catches or harms a goose, it is a violation of federal law. If a dog harasses geese who are defending nests or young, either the geese or the dog may come to harm. Without training and handler direction, these dogs will not be as effective, and geese may habituate to dogs used this way. There are other site aversion tools. Some may be useful supplements in specific, limited, short-term situations. Below are some tips and techniques used for goose control.
Most of these methods if not professionally trained in the industry of Wildlife Management you will find yourself struggling to achieve the desired results. To have a Wildlife Biologist from Loomacres Wildlife Management Inc. come out and provide a free site visit please fill out the fields below.
Over the last 10-15 years birds have had to share the skies at an increasing rate! As more people experiment with drones as well as use them for more than recreational use, these unmanned ariel vehicles (UAV) will have an impact on birds. Here are a few questions we should all ask ourselves.
Will this be positive or negative? Well, what happens when the birds fight back or more importantly become trained and used to control the use of drones in certain areas? Is this fair?
Drones have been used for military applications for many years, but in recent years smaller, lighter, more affordable designs have made drones more popular for commercial and recreational use. Even in the industry of Wildlife Management we use them to harass geese and certain waterfowl species. Depending on the style, drones may be used for surveillance, inspections, surveys, photography, videos, and other applications. Drones are being used more frequently in firefighting, search and rescue and other tasks as well. Hobbyists are experimenting more frequently with drones, and as more of these vehicles take to the skies, birds may be at risk from improper drone use. Simply put drones are awesome, they are fun and have changed the way we do things.
NEGATIVE IMPACTS: The use of drones irresponsibly can cause harm to birds. Here are a few examples.
THE BIRDS FIGHT BACK: In 2014 the Federal Aviation Authority reported an increase in drones spotted near other aircraft, raising fears that an errant drone may imperil a manned airplane. But drones do not just pose a risk to human-made aircraft. Due to the increased “traffic in the sky” and the improper use of drone’s action was taken in a different way, Falconry!
The hottest new trend in the world of falconry is the use of Raptors to attack against drones! This ancient practice which when you think about it is freaking awesome to train a Raptor to hunt or harass wildlife and then return to your arm! Awesome. However, in recent years birds of prey have proven amazingly effective and attractive among law enforcement agencies for swarms of increasingly bad practices by drones. They are wiping out the skies basically. But is this really a fair fight? I mean imagine a bald eagle trained by the military to take down a drone. I know where I am placing my bet!
It is even reported that some hotels are employing falconry companies to fight off paparazzi drones! Yes, you heard that correctly. Hotels and other venues have been hiring trained birds of preys to attack drones used by the paparazzi trying to sneak a peak through a window or capture a private wedding ceremony. Even Kanye West had plans to import eagles to protect his home from drones flying overhead.
This method clearly works but is it safe for the birds? Is it fair for drone owners? Is there a long-lasting negative effect? I guess the only thing we can agree on is this debate and this battle is not going anywhere anytime soon.
So, we all know the phrase or song “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” but do you know how much damage they and other varmints can do to an airport infield or fence line? Let us start by defining what a varmint actual is. Websters Dictionary has it as a troublesome wild animal or unwanted pest! Some examples are, skunks, squirrels, muskrat, beavers, coyotes, foxes, and of course Woodchucks, or Gophers whatever you want to call them. Now that Spring is here, and your airport is coming to life with wildlife it may be time to step up your game and control efforts. Well, here is a list of potential hazards these varmints can cause!
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