A problem coyote caused flight delays at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The operations crews at the MSP International Airport have become skilled at removing wildlife from the grounds. Most common are birds, such as geese, ducks, and raptors.
The MSP Duty Manager, Jeffrey Mattson, stated, “We had relocated six snowy owls last year.”
However, coyotes have become an issue as of late. Recently, a problem coyote made it past the fences on the MSP Airport, which happens about three to four times a year. But this one didn’t scare away like most coyotes that make it in.
“Confirm, you did receive the coyote advisory?” the tower radioed.
The response? “We have the coyote advisory.”
Mattson stated, “[the coyote a]ctually ended up crossing all of our runways. We were departing 1-7 and there was a lineup for air traffic at that point.”
An hour was spent chasing the problem coyote around the airport before lethal measures were employed to keep the airport running.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) furbearer specialist, Jason Abraham stated,
We have what we’d call a stable to increasing population of coyotes…Yell at them, bang pots and pans together, just keep them from getting habituated from human beings.
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