Birds must take a back seat to planes, lawmakers decide
Worried that geese and jets don’t mix, the state Senate passed a measure today that would give airports greater authority to kill birds that might interfere with airplanes -- without being cited by state wildlife wardens.
The legislation, previously approved by the Assembly, now goes to the governor’s desk.
It was introduced by Sen. Dave Cox (R-Fair-Oaks), months after a US Airways jetliner ditched in New York's Hudson River after striking some Canada geese.
State wildlife officials have threatened to cite California airport operators for shooting birds near flight paths.
``The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to keep birds away from airplanes as much as possible,’’ Cox said. ``This bill gives airports the tool to do their job without interference from the state Department of Fish and Game,’’ Cox said.
--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento