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Date: 03-23-2017

Wild time at Pikeville Walmart

“When I saw it (the deer) a lady was trying to hold it down, it kept trying to get up but the floor was too slick for the deer to stand,” Mahan said. “When I saw it (the deer) a lady was trying to hold it down, it kept trying to get up but the floor was too slick for the deer to stand,” Mahan said.

A female whitetail deer was found inside the Pikeville Walmart on Sunday. Fish and Wildlife were called to the scene and were able to securely remove the deer from the location. They were able to successfully release her back into the wild without injury.

Brook Mahan was shopping in the store when she noticed the deer by the front doors.

“When I saw it (the deer) a lady was trying to hold it down, it kept trying to get up but the floor was too slick for the deer to stand,” Mahan said. She was able to take a picture of the lady stabilizing the deer by the front of the store. She said “it kept flopping around for a few minutes, then it managed to get up and move toward the grocery section of the store.”

Other customers said they noticed the deer walking in close proximity to the front of the store, in the parking lot, just minutes before the news spread that there was in fact a deer being held down inside. 

Adam Newsome was shopping with his young son, Max Newsome when they saw Fish and Wildlife working to remove the deer from the store. 

“I was really impressed with how the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife handled the situation, they were really good with the deer, and they kept it calm,” Newsome said. “It was a real feel good story, and my son got the biggest kick out of it ever.”

Many customers took to social media with pictures of the small deer being detained in the housewares department of the store. Customers were able to keep the deer stationary until the authorities arrived and were able to remove her.

 By Zach Brown
Appalachian News-Express



FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2017) – On Monday, the Kentucky State Senate gave final passage to legislation that will reverse a Supreme Court opinion which wrongfully punishes landlords for the responsibilities of their tenants. House Bill 112 changes the definition of a dog owner, in order to protect a landlord from the actions of a dog that does not belong to them, but to their tenant.

This legislation was needed in response to a 2012 Kentucky Supreme Court decision which for the first time held a landlord liable for the actions of their tenant’s pets. The measure was championed by Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington.

“This is an issue that has needed to be corrected for a long time,” said Rep. Stan Lee. “In 2012, our Supreme Court took action that many believed was improper from the beginning, in holding landlords liable for events in which they had no control over. I am pleased to see this legislation pass both chambers in a bipartisan manner.”

This legislation will amend the current statue and return the law to its original form.

HB 112 passed the Senate overwhelmingly, and will now head to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

 Coyotes are an increasing problem at airports all over the country.Coyotes are an increasing problem at airports all over the country.

By Keith Lawrence
The Messenger-Inquirer

Date: 02-02-2017 -- On Jan. 7, passengers on a Cape Air flight from St. Louis were surprised to see a coyote watching them from beside the runway when they landed at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport.

They shouldn't have been.

In January 2014, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson was running a few minutes late for his speech to the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce's Rooster Booster Breakfast.

He apologized, saying his plane was delayed by a coyote on the runway at the airport.

"We had to go back up and make another pass," Abramson said.

Coyotes are an increasing problem at airports all over the country.

Even New York City.

In November, five coyotes living on LaGuardia Airport property were captured and euthanized.

That sparked outrage from animal rights activists who began trying to protect the remaining coyotes.

In October, newspapers reported that British Columbia had seen at least 28 coyote problems at four airports across the Canadian province in the past 12 months.

Newspaper accounts said the coyotes caused no accidents, but they did cause planes to abort landings and delay takeoffs.

In late December, Arlington (Texas) Municipal Airport reported that coyotes were digging under its perimeter fence and getting onto runways.

Bob Whitmer, manager of Owensboro's airport, said, "Controlling coyotes is only one part of the airport's wildlife management plan. We have a written plan, which defines routine staff responsibilities to control animals and birds that may pose a threat to passengers, pilots and aircraft."

The airport has a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to trap and remove coyotes from airport property, he said.

15 trapped in 2016

Last year, Whitmer said, the agency trapped and removed 15 coyotes from around the runways.

A USDA official in Louisville said he couldn't comment on the program and referred questions to a spokesman in Maryland, who didn't return phone calls.

The USDA APHIS Wildlife Services website says the agency's mission "is to provide federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist."

Whitmer said, "USDA biologists are on airport property sometimes five days a week, but they are not here every week. These biologists are trained to know when coyote activity is more likely, and they concentrate their efforts on these times."

He said the agreement has been in effect for a couple of years, and "the reduction in coyote numbers is quite evident to airport maintenance staff."

Whitmer said when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese three minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 15, 2009, and crashed into the Hudson River, the FAA began requiring airports to develop wildlife management plans.

He said the airport board spent $60,000 to hire a firm to spend a year at the airport to determine what wildlife is on the property and what actions should be taken to control it.

Whitmer said the airport's maintenance employees inspect the airport daily, "being vigilant of wildlife identified in the Wildlife Management Plan, including coyotes, deer, birds."

He said air traffic controllers are in the control tower 16 hours every day, and they are also scanning the field for wildlife.

Whitmer said the airport staff also makes sure that nothing on the property is attractive to wildlife.

Only crops that don't attract birds can be grown on airport property, he said.

Whitmer said the staff "routinely inspects approximately 10 miles of fence surrounding the airport's 880 acres to ensure no animals can migrate onto the airport operations area."

But coyotes are wily animals.

And some of them still get through.

Coyotes have been appearing in the county in increasing numbers since the 1970s.

And they began moving into Owensboro about 1990.

"I don't think we could have any more in this area," Scott Harp at the Kentucky Division of Fish & Wildlife Resources' Calhoun office said in 2010. "They're pretty established here."