Eagles Are Being Trained to Take Down Drones

It's not yet clear if the process is safe for the birds
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2016 5:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Dutch police have come up with a pretty crazy way of taking out drones: eagles. Law enforcement in the Netherlands is teaming up with a raptor training company to train the birds of prey to "intercept" quadcopters, the Verge reports, citing local media and a video report. Wired reports that eagles could be a safer way to take down illegal drones, since the other two options involve shooting them down (if the shooter misses, something else could be hit) or jamming their sensors (a disabled drone would drop to earth, potentially inflicting damage; plus, everything in the area would need to be jammed simultaneously). As the Verge notes, though eagles have extremely strong legs and talons, "carbon fiber props spinning at full speed can easily cut human flesh." It's not yet clear if the birds will need extra protection in order to do the job safely. Trials will continue over the next few months, Engadget reports.

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