Dutch Police Trains Eagles To Take Down Wayward Drones
The Dutch National Police force has announced that they will train birds to take down drones flying near airports as concerns increase that drones may cause of signal disruption along a plane’s flight path.
The Police have teamed up with “Guard From Above”, a raptor training company based in The Hague, to train birds on how to grab drones in the air and then deposit these safety away from civilians.
Although the birds’ talons are hard, the police acknowledge that they also have to protect the birds’ talons from injury when they are taking down these drones. However, in a report by The Guardian, Geoff LeBaron of National Audubon Society said that the birds can actually see the rotor movement because of their sharp vision.
“What I find fascinating 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 center so they don’t get hit; they have incredible visual acuity and they can probably actually see the rotors”, LeBaron said.