NEW YORK (PIX11) – Snowy owls have been added to the “kill list” at John F. Kennedy Aiport, and as a result, are being shot out of the sky by Port Authority “wildlife specialists,” according to multiple reports.
Sources say the Port Authority killed three of the owls Saturday at JFK after one of the birds was sucked into an airplane turbine.
Known as Harry Potter’s companion Hedwig with children, the birds have never been known to cause problems at area airports.
“Even a wildlife specialist didn’t understand why they were being killed because they are not part of a large population and they are easy to catch and relocate, unlike seagulls,” a source told the Daily News.
The owls are native to the Arctic but have been spotted as far south as Bermuda and North Carolina.
Other birds that are in the cross hairs of the Port Authority are geese, mute swans, crows and rock pigeons.
In 2009, a goose struck an airplane, leading to the miracle landing on the Hundson River by Caption Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger.
Just last year, hundreds of geese were rounded up and gassed in and effort to prevent in-air collisions.
The Port Authority as yet to comment.