MERIDIAN, Miss. — Mississippi will pay $3 million for a fence to keep wild animals off the runways of a military base.
The new chain-link fence would be built inside an existing fence surrounding the base, and bottom of the new fence will be buried deep, the Meridian Star reported.
Deer, cattle, hogs and coyotes have reached the property in recent years, and a farmer reported that a hunter killed a sow near the fence last month, said Jim Copeland, community planning and liaison officer for the base.
Pigs have a low center of gravity and can cause a plane to lose control if they are hit by the nose wheel, Copeland said.
Last October, the sailor guided Boyd Williams through an emergency landing on U.S. 45 in Mississippi's Clarke County after Williams’ plane experienced engine failure.
In 1988, the pilot of an F-16 fighter jet was forced to eject after the jet struck wild pigs at Jacksonville International Airport.
The pilot survived but the $16 million jet was destroyed.
Copeland said the secretary of the Navy would need to approve the MDA grant, which could happen by summer.