“The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates [JFK] airport, reportedly gave the order [to shoot snowy owls on sight] after one owl flew into the engine of a plane on the tarmac,” businessinsider.com reports. “Two of the birds were shot with a shotgun on Saturday.” Needless to say, the story has caused an uproar. And a change in policy. “After media reports on the hunted owls Monday, the Port Authority said it would implement a program to trap and relocate the birds, which have been migrating to the region this year in unusually high numbers.” Does this satisfy bird lovers? “Christine Sheppard, director of the Bird Collision Program for American Bird Conservancy and one of the world’s leading experts on bird collisions, said there are other ways to avoid bird strikes. ‘You can use radar,’ she said. ‘Create a situation where people at the airport are aware of where birds are, they can actually warn a pilot.'” Yeah, well, people are people too, if you know what I mean.