Do not encourage wildlife by feeding or leaving food for them. Bird strikes can cause significant damage to aircraft and lead to life-threatening incidents. In fact, feeding wildlife is illegal in Florida. Learn more about Punt Gorda Airport’s (PGD) Wildlife Hazard Management Plan and how you can help.
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- Birds gathering near or on airports can become victims of bird-aircraft collisions, potentially causing flight delays, damage to aircraft, and loss of human life.
- According to the FAA, wildlife-aircraft strikes have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives worldwide, as well as billions of dollars in aircraft damage over the last century.
- You are not allowed to have a bird feeder on airport property.
- Bird feed also attracts rats, raccoons, squirrels and skunks among other rodents.
- PGD has a Wildlife Hazard Management plan that is approved by the FAA to reduce wildlife hazards.
- Airport staff works to reduce wildlife attractants like ledges, structures and trees where animals like to nest.
- Airport staff utilizes noisemakers to chase wildlife away from the airfield.
- The Charlotte County Airport Authority, the entity that operates PGD, has spent $1.8 million to fill-in wetlands and purchase wetland mitigation bank credits and fees.
- Feeding wildlife is punishable by civil penalty of $100, and subsequent violations can be considered second degree misdemeanor or even a felony.
- Feeding wildlife leads to public health concerns. Too many animals in one place increases the chance of disease transmission to people and among other wildlife.