Group hired to thin deer population near Hannibal Regional Airpo - Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio

Group hired to thin deer population near Hannibal Regional Airport

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - Gun shots might soon be heard around Hannibal Regional Airport.    

The city is allowing an organization affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shoot and kill 40 deer around the airport to thin out the population.

Deer sometimes wander onto the runway and planes have even hit them while landing.

City engineer Mark Rees says this is only temporary and the city is working on a permanent solution.

"We also are starting the process of extending our runway so I understand when we have faster and heavier jets landing at our airport that might be a higher priority but it is something we want to do eventually put up a wildlife fence to keep deer on their side and the airport clear," Rees said.

Meat from the deer will be donated to the Share the Harvest campaign. The hunting group will be in Hannibal no longer than a month.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WGEM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Woodworth at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at