In some areas, an overpopulation of deer has threatened air travel by making it difficult to land on runways. The Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture have released a special report looking at the interaction between wildlife and aircraft in different states between 1990 and 2013.
The report looked at different kinds of animal encounters, including those with birds, bats and reptiles, and found that "terrestrial mammal" accidents rose dramatically over the 23-year period examined. One of the most dramatic jumps occurred between 2008 and 2009, when 49 more incidents were reported.
Over the same time period, 19 different white-tailed deer "strikes" caused injuries. It was the species responsible for the most common "known" source of dangerous strikes (43 were credited to "unknown birds"). Birds still make up the bulk of the strike causes overall, with the total number of occurrences over 10,000 as of 2013.
No one region of the country is immune to this, since the news reports that airports in Wisconsin, Florida and North Carolina have all been sites of problematic deer infestations. The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel recently reported that the local Mitchell Airport is employing a biologist specifically to help keep animals away.
Pat Rowe, a representative of the airport, told the source what this biologist's duties include.
"He has to advise on types of vegetation that are not attractive to waterfowl or birds and types of plantings that do not offer good hiding places," Rowe said.
An airplane charter in Washington DC should help local residents successfully negotiate animals and avoid major delays. These planes are able to adjust to problems like this more easily. than