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Llama patrol set to return to O'Hare International Airport this summer

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While New York City’s three major airports, recently came under fire for authorizing the killing of snowy owls in an effort to curtail a growing number of bird strikes (see http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-advocates-take-aim-at-ny-airports...), Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in Chicago ellicted the help of 25 sheep and miniature goats, as well as larger burros and llamas to help get rid of vegetation covering 120-acres used as breeding grounds for rodents that, in turn, attract coyotes, as well as hawks and other birds of prey that feed on them, and, in turn, pose a serious threat to the safety of aircraft during take-offs and landings.

The animals, which were employed to graze four separate sites at the airport (considered one of the world's busiest hub) from August thru November are part of a $100,000 pilot program which will resume later this year. In the meantime, the animals are being housed at a no-kill shelter in Beecher, Il.

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