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San Jose Airport Workers May Get Permission To Shoot Birds Near Runway

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Mineta San Jose International Airport (City of San Jose)

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SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Rules allowing the shooting of birds at San Jose’s airport are getting revised.

Birds pose a deadly danger to aircraft that strike them or ingest them into jet intakes.

The San Jose Mercury News said the current ordinance only allows police officers and military officers to fire weapons at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Mostly blanks are used.

This week’s ordinance modification proposal will allow airport staff and contracted biologists to shoot at birds to clear them from the airfield. They will also get permission to load birdshot if the blanks don’t scare them away.

San Francisco and Oakland airports already allow staff and biologists to shoot at the birds.

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