Yakima to spend $30K on pesky airport gophers

Yakima to spend $30K on pesky airport gophers
Gopher mounds seen at Yakima Air Terminal. (Photo courtesy KIMATV.com).

YAKIMA, Wash. - Maintenance crews at the Yakima airport are dealing with a pesky problem: dozens of gophers digging holes all over the property and posing a threat to airfield operations.

Worried about the damage the dirt mounds could cause to the ground next to and underneath the runways and taxiways, the Yakima City Council approved spending $30,000 to contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to poison the gophers, according to the Yakima Herald.

The newspaper reports the gophers also tend to attract hawks looking for their next meal, and this can pose a safety hazard for planes coming and going.

You can see video of the gopher mounds on our sister station, KIMAtv.com.