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PVE Boy Scouts to Place Bird Traps at LAX

Palos Verdes Estates Boy Scouts will place Goshawk traps inside LAX to catch and relocate birds of pray to reduce collisions with airplanes.

A red-tailed hawk flies across the sky. Boy Scouts from Palos Verdes Estates will be placing Goshawk traps near LAX to reduce collisions between birds and airplanes. Photo credit Don DeBold. Used under Creative Commons license.
A red-tailed hawk flies across the sky. Boy Scouts from Palos Verdes Estates will be placing Goshawk traps near LAX to reduce collisions between birds and airplanes. Photo credit Don DeBold. Used under Creative Commons license.

Boy Scouts from Palos Verdes will place newly built Goshawk traps Monday inside Los Angeles International Airport, to relocate birds of prey and reduce the likelihood of bird collisions with aircraft.

The Goshawk trap is relatively large, semi-permanent trap that is used to capture birds of prey, such as red-tailed hawks and barn owls, according to an LAX spokesman. Once the bird is removed from the trap, it can be tagged and taken to a rehab center for relocation.

The effort is being undertaken by members of Boy Scout Troop 257 of Palos Verdes Estates, as part of the certification for one member as an Eagle Scout—the highest rank that can be achieved in scouting.

The scouts will assist the airport with the implementation of live traps for its wildlife mitigation program, according to an LAX statement.

The program includes habitat modification by eliminating wildlife-attracting vegetation and maintaining specified mowing heights for weeds. Birds hoping to frequent LAX will also be confronted with fencing and noise repellants, such as sound cannons and sirens.

—City News Service.

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