- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Not everything that flies into the Fremont Municipal Airport is welcome.

Local officials are working to get rid of turkey vultures that have created a hazard at the airport, according to the Fremont Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1l4wl5u ).

Wildlife Specialist Scot Rosendahl told the Dodge County Board of Supervisors Wednesday that he saw a dozen of the birds out between the airport’s runways that morning.

Rosendahl said foxes and badgers are also a nuisance at the airport because they dig large holes near the runways. Ground squirrels are attracting them.

Rosendahl said the fox and badger problem seems to be under control for now, but may require attention again in the future.

Rosendahl works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and has been contracted by the county to handle wildlife damage issues for the past 14 years. The county renewed the $11,375 contract on Wednesday.

Beavers are common in Dodge County, he said. Rosendahl is currently working on a beaver project near North Bend with several farmers.

Jim Kjeldgaard, who works at the airport, said the animals have not caused any incidents involving aircraft. But he said the animals aren’t wanted there, and their numbers appears to be increasing.

“They’re kind of a danger for airplanes around here,” Kjeldgaard said. “You really wouldn’t want to hit one of those.”

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Information from: Fremont Tribune, https://www.fremontneb.com

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