Wildlife reports on Addison Airport don’t always involve wild life, but the response is the same, mitigate the mitigate the hazard for tenant and transient aircraft. Calls received during January proved this system is working well, even though the reason for them was not wildlife but a fugitive dog. It was was laying low on the west side of the airport, but it did cross the runway several times, callers reported, without incident.
Concerned about the potential hazard to the airport users—and welfare of the dog—the staff called Addison Animal Control Officer Kevin Kimbrell, who coordinated the efforts of several agencies in several jurisdictions to capture the escaped canine. Their chase was ultimately successful and the dog was returned, unhurt, to Operation Kindness, North Texas’s oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter.
While this animal encounter ended happily and without harm, when a meeting of airplane and wildlife causes damage to either party, Addison Airport urges the participants and/or witnesses to report it. (For a refresher, see Witness a Wildlife Strike at Addison Airport? Report it Using Your Mobile Device.) This information helps the FAA better track trends, determine hazards by species, and helps the airport better understand—and mitigate—the risks.