Deer are pests for airports, threats to pilots

FILE - A herd of deer cross a snow covered gravel road, in this Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 file photo taken near Prairie City, Iowa. Long the bane of gardeners and unwary motorists, soaring deer populations are also nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially at this time of year, according to aviation and wildlife experts. There were only about 350,000 of the creatures in the U.S. in 1900. By 1984 there were 15 million and by 2010 more than 28 million. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Long the bane of gardeners and unwary motorists, soaring deer populations are also nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially at this time of year, according to aviation and wildlife experts.

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