Airport Hires 'Bird Collie'

'Wildlife management canine' better than horns, whistles at preventing bird strikes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2009 2:59 AM CDT
A flock of birds, disturbed by a plane's takeoff, takes flight from the side of the runway of a regional airport in New York state.   (AP Photo/The Daily Messenger, Vasiliy Baziuk, File)
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(Newser) – An Oregon airport's specialist is doing a better job at scaring away birds than the horns, whistles and propane cannons she replaced, officials tell the Los Angeles Times. Border collie Filly—official title "wildlife management canine"—is employed to shoo flocks of geese and other winged hazards away from the runway. The collie, which was donated by an animal shelter, is "really good at her job and she really likes her job," said Filly's trainer.