Charlotte, NC -- Charlotte Douglas International Airport is working to reduce the number of bird collisions with aircraft.
The Charlotte Observer
reported that aircraft collided with wildlife 125 times last year. That's slightly better than the 140 incidents reported in 2011. Almost all of the collisions involved birds.
But officials are concerned because there were only 29 such incidents a decade ago. Part of the increase is because of increased flights and better reporting.
Airport officials patrol each day and will try to compile a census of all local wildlife species. Airport wildlife expert David Castaneda sometimes uses noise makers to scare away the birds. But he says the best defense is to make the airport property unattractive to the birds.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the airport's program meets federal regulations.