Centre County airport to kill 15,000 birds

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Officials plan to poison thousands of birds at a central Pennsylvania airport more than three years after a commercial airline struck a flock there.

As many as 15,000 starlings may be poisoned to reduce the threat.

University Park Airport Director Bryan Rodgers says the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to use a pesticide on the starlings to help reduce the bird-strike risk.

Mr. Rodgers says the plan comes in response to an incident on Aug. 19, 2006, when a commercial airliner ran into a flock after takeoff.

He says the plane suffered engine damage and had to return to the airport.

A USDA spokeswoman says the starling flock found in the area has about 15,000 to 20,000 birds, and that the department plans to kill about 90 percent of them.



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