NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) —The Port Authority has said they are working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation in order to relocate snowy owls after it was revealed that the agency had shot and killed some of the birds.
An unusually high number of snowy owls have been setting up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches far south of their normal range.
The Port Authority said five planes from John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport were struck by snowy owls over the last two weeks.
“The Port Authority is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to move immediately toward implementing a program to trap and relocate snowy owls that pose a threat to aircraft at JFK and LaGuardia airports. The Port Authority’s goal is to strike a balance in humanely controlling bird populations at and around the agency’s airports to safeguard passengers on thousands of aircraft each day,” the agency said in a statement.
Last weekend Port Authority employees shot and killed several owls in order to reduce the danger of the birds striking airplanes.