GEEKERY: Release the Drone Hunting Eagles!

eagle-takes-down-dji-droneIn the Netherlands they’re taking on a high tech nuisance – with some of nature’s most effective predators!

Drones – love them or hate them – can become dangerous when not operated properly, so law enforcement agencies are having to come up with ways to deal with rogue flying objects. They’re using death rays in the UK, and drone hunting drones in Japan…

The Netherlands have taken a different route: they’re training eagles to take out flying law breakers. The police are working with a raptor security firm called Guard from Above to train the birds to hunt and retrieve drones.

 

The eagles’ keen site, sharp talons, and tough feet make them a natural fit for the job. And, for those worried for the birds’ safety, there are no adverse effects thus far. Eagles are used to taking on struggling prey that fight back with sharp teeth and claws.

Geoff LeBaron of the National Audubon Society told The Guardian that what he finds interesting is “that birds can hit the drone in such a way that they don’t get injured by the rotors. They seem to be whacking the drone right in the centre so they don’t get hit; they have incredible visual acuity and they can probably actually see the rotors.”

At the moment, The biggest stumbling block to the project: replacing the drones the birds destroy. Right now it’s looking pretty dang promising. A decision will be made about implementing the program next year.

 

I think eagles are the ultimate drone killers… what do you think?

  • Jared Swenson

    Frankly this is pretty damn cool, in a nature fighting back against the machines sort of way. If I was a rich celebrity, I would have one of these on property all the time for those pesky paparazzi drones.

  • Manwiththedogs

    The Netherlands is just the coolest. Great place to live, if only more of the world shared their outlook on life.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    That’s pretty smart to do.

  • Azatoth

    The leather straps at the bird’s feet will do its own stuff to mess up those rotors too.

  • Juan

    Well, eagles might be the coolest, but the most efficient way is the Japanese one: use drones: they are probably easier to maintain, since don’t require food, and you can forget about them when there is not a drone “threat”…

    • cudgel

      Also they probably don’t break drones as often as freakin’ Eagles lol!

  • Love it. Jusg a matter of time before undesirables stap bombs to em. Surprisingly they haven’t already.

    • cuda1179

      They’ve actually tried. The thing is that a drone can’t exactly carry enough weight to have any significant bombing capability. Even fixed-wing drones carrying high explosives would not really be a threat until they are in the 12-foot wingspan size, and those are rather hard to start-up, and easy to spot.

      • You dont need alot of explosives if you blow up the right thing, say a fuel container or the like. I agree with yer assessment Im just evil lol

  • ted1138

    Just make it law to have all drones fitted with a chip that can be scanned remotely, that way the owner can be fined or arrested for misusing it.

    • I think we’ll see that eventually, but legislation tends to move at a snail’s pace… need to have something that can be used in the mean time.