Plane hits another unlucky skunk at Ottawa Airport

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In September 2015, a Porter Airlines flight from Toronto also struck a skunk on landing, but when airport officials went to inspect the runway, they discovered the animal was still alive. An animal welfare agency was called in to dispose of the skunk humane, but three flights were delayed while the runway was cleared.

Later that same day, an Air Canada plane reported colliding with another skunk on take-off. Three other flights were delayed by approximately 10 minutes each while the runway was again cleaned and inspected.

Montreal-Mirabel National Airport has been the national leader over the past two decades with 14 skunk strikes. Halifax Stanfield International Airport is closely second with 13.

The country’s busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International, recorded seven such incidents.

The vast majority of collisions with skunks at airports occur in the late evening, because the striped skunk, common in North America, is nocturnal. A member of the weasel family, the striped skunk has two grape-sized glands on either side of its anus that can release a foul-smelling musk that deters most predators, except large birds of prey, which do not seem to be affected by the odor. .

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