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DIA to spend $350,000 to prevent bird strikes

DENVER, Colorado ” Denver International Airport plans to spend almost $350,000 next year to minimize the probability of birds colliding with airplanes.

DIA operations manager Mike Carlson says the money pays for federal wildlife officers who haze and harass birds to stay away from the airplanes’ paths.

The airport last month topped the nation in the number of bird and wildlife collisions with airplanes last year with 318 accidents. Each collision can cost airlines more than $2 million in damages to planes.

Three wildlife biologists working for DIA use non-lethal methods such as fireworks and also eliminate habitat so airplanes have a clear path.

DIA expects a fourth wildlife biologist on the job by June 1.