Rogue drones are no match for eagles, Dutch police have discovered.
Since early 2015, Dutch law enforcement officials have been testing the use of eagles to take down drones that fly in restricted airspace or other off-limits areas. It turns out, eagles have a knack for attacking rogue drones, AFP reports, so the Dutch plan to expand the number of eagles on the force.
“None of the eagles were hurt, but as for the drones, none of them survived,” police spokesman Dennis Janus told the AFP. “The eagles see the drones as prey and intercept them as they are flying, before landing where they feel safe with the drone still in their claws.”
Drones have become increasingly popular tools for photographers, videographers, and hobbyists to see what’s happening from above. But not everyone is a responsible drone pilot, and these unmanned aerial vehicles have found their way into restricted air space around airports and crashed in dangerous locations.
The Dutch unleashed its eagle patrol earlier this year with the help of Guard From Above, a company that has trained eagles to view drones as prey and attack. Dutch law enforcement has now purchased their own eagles and will deploy them alongside those from Guard From Above to intercept drones whenever necessary. According to the AFP, officials hope to have approximately 100 police officers trained to work with the eagles, and have a full flight of birds ready to take on drones by next summer.
The news comes after Tokyo police started testing net-wielding interceptor drone to catch rogue UAVs.
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