State will test robot to scare away birds, wildlife at Fairbanks airport

 

Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP

Alaska Department of Transportation program manager Ryan Marlow demonstrates the agency's robotic dog in Anchorage on March 26. The device will be camouflaged as a coyote or fox to ward off migratory birds and other wildlife at the Fairbanks airport.

A headless robot about the size of a labrador retriever will be camouflaged as a coyote or fox to ward off migratory birds and other wildlife at Alaska's second largest airport.

The Alaska Department of Transportation has named the new robot Aurora and said it will be based at the Fairbanks airport to "enhance and augment safety and operations," the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The department released a video in March of the robot climbing rocks, going up stairs and doing something akin to dancing while flashing green lights.

Those dancing skills will be put to use this fall during the migra...



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