Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Air Force acknowledges Bird War

U.S. aircraft at the sprawling Bagram air base in Afghanistan are coming under increasing attack from "many small songbirds, pigeons, Magpies, Hawks and Black Kites," according to a bid request for a "bird control services" contract issued by the Army last month.

Prior attempts at controlling the birds have failed. Personnel have shot "bangers and screamers" at the birds - rockets that can travel hundreds of yards as they give off a siren-like noise, followed by a loud bang. Shotguns have been tried, too.
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