Maine airport removes ducks for safety

Posted Feb. 09, 2009, at 10:14 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A few weeks after a flock of birds disabled a jetliner and forced it to make an emergency landing in New York City’s Hudson River, Bangor International Airport has been taking steps to remove ducks that might pose a hazard to flights there.

As part of an ongoing effort to make the airport safe, maintenance workers and state and federal wildlife biologists last week were trapping close to 200 ducks that had made a temporary home in a culvert near the runways.

The ducks, which were relocated to southern Maine, were attracted to the culverts because the water is warm where it drains out from under the runways.

Airport director Rebecca Hupp says the ducks have not caused any problems to date, but that it’s important to keep aircraft and wildlife apart to prevent problems.

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