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Originally published January 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified January 8, 2008 at 12:18 PM

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Jet hits coyote at Oregon airport; coyote dies

A small jet landing at Medford's airport struck a coyote, killing it. The jet was undamaged. Airport Director Bern Case said passengers...

MEDFORD, Ore. — A small jet landing at Medford's airport struck a coyote, killing it. The jet was undamaged.

Airport Director Bern Case said passengers on the flight from Las Vegas may not have noticed the impact about 2 a.m. Monday. It was a US Airways flight operated by Mesa Airlines.

"We have wildlife issues all the time, but this is the first I've ever heard of a coyote strike," Case said.

The Medford airport is fenced against wildlife, Case said, but rabbits are plentiful on the airfield.

He said the coyote could have gotten into the airfield by swimming a creek that crosses the fence, and it might have been disoriented by stormy weather.

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