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Airport captures, re-releases snowy owls that pose threat

Posted at 12:03 PM, Dec 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-23 12:03:16-05

FOX VALLEY, WI (WBAY/CNN) - Snowy owl are being relocated from a Wisconsin airport so they don't cause disruptions by contacting planes.

Wittman Regional Airport attempts to scare away the owl and other birds that pose a threat to aircraft, but when that doesn't work, they bring in the nets.

A falconer used a type of bow net to trap a snowy owl and take it to the Feather Wildlife Rehab Center where it will be cared for and then.

"Within a couple of days, he brings his weight up, he's flying, he's going to go back," Patricia Fisher said.

The program is good for the planes and the owls, which are a threatened species and live primarily in the Arctic.

The owls are tagged and taken to a location away from the airport to be reintroduced into the wild.

"I would think if we're going to take it far enough, there shouldn't be any need for it to migrate any further," Fisher said. "it seems the new protocol is going to work. It's going to help anyway."

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