Dog reduces wildlife, aircraft encounters at WVa airport
August 23, 2020
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hercules, the 3-year-old border collie charged with keeping birds and other forest-dwelling animals off Yeager Airport's runways and taxiways, is credited with dramatically reducing the number of wildlife strikes to aircraft at the Charleston airport, including a rare strike-free three-month period.
Since joining the staff at Yeager in October 2018 after undergoing training in wildlife management protocols, Hercules has made 2- to 3-mile patrols of the airport's operations area each day to keep animals out of the path of aircraft.
Like other U.S. airports, birds m...