Board OKs contract with Feds to ward off wildlife at county airports

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors signed off today on a $650,970 contract between Riverside County and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use the federal agency's biologists for implementing wildlife deterrent programs at three county airports -- for the protection of pilots and beasts alike. The five-year agreement, which the board approved without comment, will require USDA staff to oversee "Wildlife Hazard Management Plans'' at French Valley Airport near Murrieta, Hemet-Ryan Airport and Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal. "These General Aviation airports provide critical aviation infrastructure in support of life and safety operations,'' according to an Economic Development Agency statement posted to the board's agenda. Officials pointed out that Cal Fir
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