JACKSON— Jackson Hole Airport officials are considering creating a new sage grouse breeding ground to draw the large birds away from the runway.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the airport has recorded 60 bird strikes since 1994, and about half have involved sage grouse, whose dwindling populations have made them a candidate for federal protections. Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist Joe Bohne says a sage grouse breeding ground, or lek, off the runway’s north end is the source of most of the problems.
The airport is trying to craft a new federally required “wildlife hazard management plan” to reduce bird strikes.
Members of the Upper Snake River Basin Sage-Grouse Working Group discussed the airport’s strategy Thursday. The plan is not yet concrete.