FAA tells Longmont airport to remove prairie dogs
LONGMONT, Colorado – The Federal Aviation Administration has told Longmont officials they could lose some federal funding if prairie dogs aren’t removed from Vance Brand Airport.
In a Sept. 10 letter, the FAA said a new fence not only failed to contain prairie dogs but also became a roosting place for birds, posing an additional threat to air traffic.
In July, the city spent nearly $13,000 to replace a fence around a prairie dog colony. Airport workers have also applied poison four times since then to burrows outside the fenced-off colony.
Airport Manager Tim Barth said Monday it’s too soon to determine whether the fence has worked. He also disputed the FAA’s contention about birds, saying he’s never seen the on the fence.