After a few head-on collisions and several close calls between airplanes and grazing deer, Peachtree City airport officials approved a "lethal collection" of animals at the facility Thursday.

"We don't feel good about this," said Viki Brigham, a member of the airport authority. "But they were causing a risk to human lives."Brigham said officials planned to close the airport at dusk, when a U.S. Agriculture Department employee would go onto the runway just south of Atlanta and begin shooting deer.

"The Atlanta Humane Society would not agree with the shooting of the deer, if there are alternatives available," said Executive Director Bill Garrett. "That's got to be an absolute last resort."