After trying for almost two weeks, the airport authorities finally succeeded in trapping a jackal near the runway at Devi Ahiliyabai Airport (Indore airport) on Friday morning.
For the past few days, the presence of jackals on the runway has been giving nightmares to the airlines operating from here, and numerous attempts made to trap them had failed.
However, the smell of raw fish proved to be too irresistible for a jackal which had strayed onto the runway on the wee hours of Friday.
On the evening of October 24, 2014 a Spice Jet plane had hit a jackal while moving on the runway prior to take off. The flight was delayed while a thorough inspection was carried out.
Taking serious note of the incident, Indore airport authorities had held a meeting with the forest department personnel and made an elaborate plan to trap the jackals. Subsequently, several cages were installed and food was kept as bait to lure the sly animal.
Interestingly, raw meat and vegetables were tried on alternate days. The airport authorities are also taking other steps to tackle the menace.
"We have taken different steps including cutting the grass near the operational area. We have also carried out inspection of the boundary wall for any repair works," Indore airport director Manoj Chansoria told Hindustan Times.
However, the problem is not over as there are more jackals on the airport premises spread over 900 acres, with large swathes of empty land on which grass has grown.
While there are no exact estimates, three to four jackals have been spotted at different times, officials told HT.
Forest department officials say that airports are generally located on the outskirts of the city and are surrounded by villages and areas without much habitation, making it easier for wild animals to stray in.
In the areas around Indore airport, jackal, wild dog and few other wild animals are found.
Apart from wild animals, Indore airport has battled the menace of bird hits in the past. Bird hits have been reported several times in past few years at the airport.