Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers uses a one-year-old border collie to scare birds away from runways, joining about 20 other airports that enlist dogs in their wildlife control efforts. Migration season "is the time of year when some of the largest birds create the biggest problems for airports," according to the National Audubon Society. An FAA study released in June found there were 82,000 collisions between planes and wildlife reported from 1990 through 2007, resulting in 11 human deaths.

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