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Spain’s Vacant Airport Typifies European Woes

A half million dollars is a lot to spend for eight ferrets. So when the administration of Castellon Airport announced the contract, it made headlines. The animals, along with some falcons and a handler, were to be deployed at Castellon’s airport to control populations of birds and rabbits that might endanger aircraft. The contract, to be put in place over the next three years, pays the ferret wrangler €450,000, or a little over $600,000, for the ferrets and falcons to work six hours a day. The contract will commence as soon as planes start landing, which should happen early next year, after 15 years of planning and delays. / www.miller-mccune.com.