Michigan Dog Protects Planes From Avian Intruders

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(WPBN) Piper works 40 hours a week at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan.

His job is simple but very important. Piper works in wildlife control and his mission every day is to scare birds away from the flight path of incoming and outbound planes

"He's got the energy, the drive.

He'll go all day until I make him stop," said Brian Edwards, Piper's owner. "He's perfectly suited for this type of work."

Piper, the 7-year-old border collie, patrols the airport scaring birds away and keeping them from making the airport their home.

He works 40 hours a week with his owner Brian Edwards.

"He's been doing it long enough now to where he kind of knows the routine,” said Edwards. “He knows this vehicle and once we get in the vehicle, its worktime."

Piper is leading the way for other dogs, Edwards believes Cherry Capital Airport is the only airport in Michigan that uses a dog for wildlife control.

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