Controlling wildlife near airports and aerodromes

The presence of wildlife in the vicinity of airports poses a safety risk for aircraft and their passengers and crew. Wildlife on runways can interfere with aircraft ground maneuvers and birds in the air can interfere with aircraft that are landing or taking off.

We require airports to implement wildlife control measures to discourage wildlife from seeking food, water, and shelter on or near airport property. This requirement is based on Standard 322, Division III – Airport Wildlife Planning and Management of Part III of the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

In particular, airports must develop and implement an airport wildlife management plan.

Airport wildlife control resources

The following resources are available to help airport personnel control wildlife and develop an airport wildlife management plan.

  • This template helps airports to develop their airport wildlife management plan.
  • The Wildlife Control Procedures Manual (TP 11500) compiles information from Canadian and American publications on wildlife-hazard management.
  • Sharing the Skies (TP 13549) presents the systems approach as a crucial tool for managing interactions between wildlife and aircraft near airports.
  • We prepare an annual report of bird and wildlife strike statistics at Canadian airports. Reports for any of the previous ten years are available. Order a report using the contact information below.

Contact us about airport wildlife control

Please contact the Civil Aviation Communications Centre to request information or to order an electronic copy of the bird and wildlife strike report:

Civil Aviation Communications Centre
Civil Aviation Communications Centre contact form

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