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Sioux Falls airport officials look for ways to scare geese

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Airport officials in South Dakota's largest city are looking for ways to keep geese away from airplanes.

Sioux Falls Regional Airport workers say it's a problem that's increasing around the country. They say more geese are taking advantage of mild weather and open water by making Sioux Falls their permanent home instead of migrating south for the winter.

One method to control geese is called hazing, or scaring the birds away with loud noises like a shotgun blast.

KELO-TV reported the airport once used a dog named Suzy to chase way geese from the airports grounds. But Suzy died and there are no plans to replace her.