Plane was due in 45 minutes after fox walked onto tarmac In a letter published in Friday's Star, local resident Kevin Sinclair suggested the fox was killed last Thursday by two staff members of the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. He said they shot the animal, attempted nike clothes to run it over with a truck, and later kicked it. Kendra Black, a Department of Highways and Public Works spokesperson, said today that's not true. Killing the fox was a last resort, she said, adding that the animal was killed with one bullet in the "most effective and humane manner possible." The airport has a "regulatory obligation" to "ensure that the airport tarmac and runway areas are free of all wildlife and debris to ensure the safety of all aircraft movements and airport users," she added. There has been a "significant increase" in fox activities around the airport, Black said, and live trapping the animals has not been successful. "There are reports of these foxes being fed in the vicinity of the airport, which has made them resistant to typical methods of removal," she said. Currently, the airport uses a number of methods to discourage animals, including fences, relocation, air horns and bangers. In last Thursday's case, a plane was about 45 minutes away from landing at the airport when the fox showed up on the tarmac. After trying all other methods to move the animal, it was shot once, Black said. The fox was dispatched as quickly as possible," she said. "We are confident that airport staff met their responsibilities to ensure the safety of the incoming flight in the safest, most effective and humane manner possible." Conservation officer Mark Callan said this morning the airport has a wildlife permit which allows them to kill "nuisance wildlife" that are judged a nike visor risk to public safety. After an animal is killed, airport staff are required to give the carcass to wildlife officials for investigation, Callan said. Last week's fox carcass is currently being examined to determine its age, gender and general health, he said. Once that is complete, the animal will be used as part of Environment Yukon's trapper education program. At this point, no official complaints have been made to the RCMP, spokesperson Sgt. Don Rogers said nike 1s today. Black said her department is working with the Department of Environment to "review the incident and ensure that appropriate procedures were followed." Thanks to social media, the story has gone viral, and several calls complaining about the animal's demise were made to the Star's newsroom today. flyingfur on Oct 18, 2012 at 5:36 am Perspective indeed: read your own user name and then consider the following. The other thing is to read this story and others before commenting; there is a necropsy being done on the fox by Environment and the results of that will be shared with the public. You're all against a fox hunt but have not issues with a witch hunt. Kevin Sinclair strikes again with his Chicken Little view of the world. PFP on Oct 18, 2012 at 4:57 am Re: flyingfurPFP wrote: "Maybe invest in tranquilizer rounds next time? Depending on how long they take to kick in put to sleep and move, no harm done"In other words you have no idea what you are talking about. "Tranquilizer rounds" take several minutes to put the animal down and so what happens during that time? You would have zero control over the situation. Not an option and in terms of "no harm done" that's just plain wrong. Being a smaller animal it would not take long to kick in. Either way, this is becoming a Trevor story. move on.