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Many types of animals may be hazardous to aircraft operations. Managing bird and other wildlife hazards at airports is a complex, public-sensitive endeavor involving many species of wildlife governed by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other Federal, State and local regulations. Because of the complexity and sensitivity involved in managing wildlife hazards, airports are required to employ professional biologists trained in wildlife hazard management at airports (14 CFR Part 139.337 and FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-36a [FAA 2012]) to assess hazards, provide training, and to assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of wildlife hazard management plans. Such professionally developed and implemented management plans minimize the likelihood of catastrophic or major-damage wildlife strikes on an airport and provide crucial support during litigation in the aftermath of any significant strike event that might occur.


 



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