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09-20-2010, 06:05 PM
Feds Pay 95K For Wandering Wildlife Study
Updated: Saturday, 18 Sep 2010, 8:32 AM EDT


ITHACA, N.Y. - The federal government is picking up most of the tab for a $100,000 study into ways to keep wildlife from wandering onto a central New York airport where an airplane struck a deer on the runway.

No one was injured last July 25th when the 50-seat regional jet struck and killed the deer at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

But the Federal Aviation Administration has required the airport to conduct a wildlife assessment for its grounds. The year-long study will look into animal and bird activity at the airport.

Of the $100,000 cost for the study, 95 percent will be covered by a grant from the FAA. The state Department of Transportation and Tompkins County are splitting the tab for the remaining $5,000.

Airport officials say an eight-foot fence topped with barbed wire already surrounds the facility, but sometimes animals such as deer can slip underneath gaps caused by erosion.