AIRPORTS are used to scaring and deterring birds, foxes, groundhogs and other small mammals from runways, but staff at the USA’s northernmost airport had a tougher challenge last month (October) – removing a 450lb bearded seal from a runway. The placid fish-eating sea mammal was sitting happily on the tarmac, preventing flights taking off and landing at Wiley Post–Will Rogers Memorial Airport, Utqiaġvik, near Pont Barrow, Alaska. Animal control specialists moved the seal, using a heavy-duty snow blower to coax it onto a sledge.


Full access to this article can be arranged with permission from the client that first ordered it. Please contact us to request access. Entries are uploaded to our archive at least one year after being published by a client – free access is restricted to International News Services journalists for background research only. The article date indicates when copy was filed to a client, not when posted to this archive. Upon client requests, International News Services will remove such articles from the archive or not upload them in the first place. They are included to demonstrate the breadth of topics undertaken by the agency and also to help promote clients’ coverage.