Pikeville Airport Solves Problem With Animal Trespassers

Pikeville Airport employees believe they've solved a problem with trespassers getting in the way of planes, but these were no ordinary trespassers.

Pilots say elk and other wild animals were on the runway at times when they were taking off or landing. The airport recently got a $600,000 federal grant for security measures. They used it to build a fence around the airport and runway to keep out the unwanted visitors.

"Needless to say you can imagine the hazard that would be with someone coming in with an aircraft and coming in fog or at night, especially with an instrument landing system," said Pikeville Airport Board Chairman Michael DeBourbon.

Officials say the fence is already finished, and since then, they haven't had any problems with animals on the runway.


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