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Coyote delays flights in Atlanta

March 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, March 23 (UPI) -- The Federal Aviation Administration said a coyote spotted roaming around an Atlanta airport briefly delayed flights from the location.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the coyote was spotted on the south side of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and flights were delayed for a few minutes while employees worked to chase away the animal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

Bergen said "an airport vehicle chased (the coyote) into a ravine" and flights resumed.

The spokeswoman said it is not uncommon for animals to delay flights.

"They've even had alligators turn up at some Florida airports," Bergen said.

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