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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, 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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