Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 29, 2013

Yeager airport deems geese a hazard to aircraft


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Yeager Airport officials are deeming geese at a nearby park a hazard aircraft that fly in and out of the Charleston airport.

The USDA’s Wildlife Services Program is work out a plan to control the Canada goose population at Coonskin Park in an effort to head off possible collisions with aircraft.

During a meeting of the airport’s governing board Wednesday assistant director Tim Murnahan said up to 300 of the waterfowl live year-round at the park.

The Charleston Gazette reports that while officials don’t see geese on the airfield, Murnahan said about 80 percent of the airplanes go over the park as they approach Yeager.

Airport officials expect a report from the agency next month on how to reduce the Canada goose hazard at Yeager.