- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Snowy owls have returned to New Hampshire’s Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

The owls live in the Arctic, but when their population spikes or food is scarce, young ones fly south. Bird-watchers spotted a bunch in New Hampshire last winter, including at the airport, and several have shown up there in recent weeks.

Deputy Airport Director Brian O’Neill told the Concord Monitor (https://bit.ly/16THKA6) that for airport safety, the owls must be kept away from the runways and surrounding area. Airport personnel are using a variety of tactics to scare the birds away.

A July report from the federal government said that bird strikes are a serious aviation issue, and that 243 aircraft worldwide were destroyed by bird and other wildlife strikes from 1988 to 2013.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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