This is what we have come to: guys at the airport gunning down snowy owls so they don't get sucked into airplane engines.
That's what's going on in New York, where the Port Authority has issued "shot-to-kill" orders against the owls, according to the local ABC affiliate. The hit on the birds was taken out after several owls collided with planes. One even flew into the engine of a jet while it sat on the tarmac.
So far, at least two owls have been shot down. However, after the story began getting attention, the Port Authority agreed to trap the birds instead.