Drone-Hunting Eagles

Drone-hunting eagles are trained birds of prey, specifically eagles, that are trained to capture and bring down drones. The use of these birds is a relatively new and experimental technique, with some countries and organizations testing the use of these birds to address security and safety concerns related to drones.

The primary advantage of using drone-hunting eagles is that they can physically capture drones that are flying in areas where they are not permitted or are deemed to be a security risk. The eagles’ sharp talons can safely and effectively take down a drone without causing damage to people or property on the ground.

Drone-Hunting Eagles
Drone-Hunting Eagles

However, there are also some concerns associated with the use of drone-hunting eagles. One of the primary concerns is the potential for injury to the eagles, as drones can be dangerous and have moving parts that could harm the bird. Additionally, the use of eagles to capture drones raises ethical questions regarding the treatment of animals and the potential harm caused by exposing them to drone technology.

Overall, while the use of them has the potential to be a useful tool in certain situations, it is still a relatively untested and controversial method of addressing drone-related concerns.

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“Holland is using eagles to take down drones” by Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/holland-is-using-eagles-to-take-down-drones-2016-2

“Eagle Vs. Drone: Dutch Police Are Training Raptors To Take Down Unmanned Aircraft” by NPR https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/01/465124337/eagle-vs-drone-dutch-police-are-training-raptors-to-take-down-unmanned-aircraft

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