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Wildlife Hazards

Wildlife can pose a hazard to aircraft when they occupy the same space at the same time. Wildlife strikes can cause damage to aircraft, disrupt operations, and present safety risks to passengers.  SFO uses a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan to mitigate these hazards.

  • Airline personnel should immediately report wildlife strikes detected while inspecting aircraft to Airfield Operations at 650.821.3355
  • Use strike kits provided in all airline maintenance areas to collect tissue samples. A protocol is included. Following the procedure is critical for identifying the bird involved and for increasing the effectiveness of our wildlife management. If you do not have a strike kit, contact Airfield Operations and an Airfield Safety Officer will be deployed to help you as quickly as possible.
  • Contact WildlifeSFO@flysfo.com with any questions about reporting wildlife strikes
  • Information on wildlife at airports from the FAA can be found at https://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/wildlife/