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K-9 Piper, Wildlife Control Specialist

Meet K-9 Piper. A seven-year-old border collie, Piper is a Wildlife Control Officer at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. His mission is to keep wildlife away from the runways, as a part of the airport’s federally-mandated Wildlife Hazard Management Plan. He is the only such K-9 in Michigan, and one of less than ten in the U.S. His duties include chasing birds away from the airport, as well as the rodents that attract birds of prey. Piper responds to reports of wildlife, and does perimeter checks for evidence of infiltration. In addition, he’s a great morale boost for the airport staff. K-9 Piper also keeps up with his Instagram account for his fans. -via Metafilter

P.S. The airport’s street address is notable, too. It’s on Fly Don’t Drive.


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