Drones have been a continual problem for many Governments in today’s society with concerns of both spying and venturing into restricted airspace.
The Dutch police have however found a way to combat this predicament. Trained eagles are being used to snatch rogue drones from the sky in the case of emergencies or during unsafe drone use.
The bold initiative comes as a partnership between the “raptor training company” aptly called Guard From Above and the Dutch National Police, who were previously using nets to bring down unwanted hovering visitors.
Mark Wiebes who is the innovation manager of the National Unit of the police said that, “there are situations where drones cannot fly…almost always related to safety.”
“There is a case where an air ambulance would land but could not because someone out there flew a drone. You can also imagine that people want to take beautiful pictures of an event and fly a drone above the crowd. If that drone falls from the sky, it can be dangerous for the people below.”
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The eagle training will will involve having the carnivorous birds perceive drones as prey before grabbing them and flying it to a safe area. The Dutch police aren’t relying just on the eagles yet though. They’re also looking into ways to take over a drone’s system.
For now the Dutch police say that they’re still continuing with tests before they employ the eagles full-time.