Just as Doug Drost was landing at the Shell Lake airport, his wife, Karen Drost, saw something hurtling out of the darkness toward their Cessna 210. Something big. “Deer, deer, deer!” she screamed. That hit on the northwestern Wisconsin runway — which caused $12,000 in damage — is a story that plays out over and over in this increasingly deer-ridden country.
Main story Deer, coyotes and turkeys, oh my! Large wildlife pose persistent, under-reported danger to Wisconsin pilots Interviews and government databases recount dramatic stories of wildlife-plane collisions in Wisconsin. Frequent motifs: Animals that come out of nowhere or head toward the plane. Click to expand each example below. Plane hits deer, tips over, lands on […]