Bird strikes are a constant danger for aircraft taking off and landing at airports, with nearly 12,000 such collisions reported in 2012 alone. Airports around the US have taken to adopt many innovative methods to minimize bird hits on aircraft.
These include replacing grassy areas in airports with gravel (Salt Lake City); trapping and relocating large birds; using explosives or firecrackers to scare the birds and even using predators such as dogs and falcons (New York’s JFK until 2010).
Salt Lake City airport has even employed pigs to eat the eggs and trample the nests of seagulls in surrounding marshes.
Read more at USA Today:
Airports get creative to combat threat of bird strikes