Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Deer Hunter

For future reference, when flying out of Flint's Bishop Airport, or even going anywhere near it, always wear hunter's orange, or a 1972 Powers High School graduation gown.

The Detroit News reports:
"A public safety officer trying to shoot a deer on the grounds of Flint's Bishop International Airport fired a shot that went astray and whizzed by workers at a nearby business.

"Airport Director James L. Rice tells The Flint Journal the airport is developing new rules on how and when wildlife will be cleared from airport property following the shooting the afternoon of July 18.

"Rice says he's apologized, and the airport may limit shoots during local business hours.

"United Auto Workers Local 659 shop chairman Jack Cannon was outside auto parts supplier Android Industries with other workers at the time of the shooting. He says workers thought someone was trying to kill them.

"Wildlife such as deer at the airport are considered a safety hazard for flights."


  1. I was an intern at Bishop Airport in the 1990’s and the deer on the grounds are a hazard. There were times when the Fire & Rescue Squad located at the airport would be called to scare a heard of deer off runways. At the time there was lots of wildlife, including coyotes, which took refuge on the airport grounds.

  2. Thanks for the comment. Just to clarify, this wasn't an animal rights post. Deer running around on the runways would not be a good situation. But although this ended without injury, somebody could have been killed with the errant shot. Bishop might need to come up with a better plan than just sending somebody out with a rifle.


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