Airport worker shoots, kills snowy owl to prevent collision

OSHKOSH, Wis. - A Wittman Regional Airport employee shot and killed a snowy owl Friday. 

The owl was was reported to be within close proximity to a runway and a pilot notified the air traffic control tower of the owl's location. 

Airport officials said they first tried to frighten the owl into moving off of the runway, before the decision was made to shoot the animal. Airport officials said the shooting prevented a potentially dangerous collision in the air.

Wittman Regional Airport possesses a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lethally remove various animals, including snowy owls, from airport property. 

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