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Kym Amonson of Skyline Falconry holds Chinook, a Harris hawk, during the Central Canada Outdoor Show at the Sports Dome on Sunday. (Brent Linton)
Kym Amonson of Skyline Falconry holds Chinook, a Harris hawk, during the Central Canada Outdoor Show at the Sports Dome on Sunday. (Brent Linton)

Another successful year for the Central Canada Outdoor Show wrapped up Sunday with an estimated 15,000 people attending the three-day event.
More than 100 regional exhibitors took part in the 10th annual show, put on by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. Show co-ordinator Nancy Milani said it was a ‘fantastic’ weekend.
“We started out a little slow on Friday due to the weather, more then made up for it Saturday and today (Sunday) has been a steady flow. So, I expect that we are up over last year in total.”
Something new this year was Kym Amonson of Skyline Falconry, a company that uses hawks and falcons to control nuisance birds such as geese, gulls and pigeons. Joining Amonson at the show was her Harris hawk, named Chinook.
“We are getting a female peregrine this April,” said Amonson, explaining that the peregrine and Chinook will share the primary duties of chasing away unwanted birds.
“The hospital is definitely an area that we’d like to get in and help get rid of some of the geese,” she said, adding that althouth the geese are beautiful, they can become aggressive, damage property and that their droppings can pose health risks. Amonson also identified airports, beaches, golf courses and government properties as potential users of the falconry service.

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