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Eagles vs drones: Dutch police eye birds to prey on drones

AP
Published Feb 2, 2016, 7:44 pm IST
Updated Feb 2, 2016, 7:43 pm IST
The birds are trained "to think drones are their prey" and get a reward if they catch one.
Trainers exploit the birds' natural instincts to tackle the high-tech problem of drones flying in restricted areas. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Trainers exploit the birds' natural instincts to tackle the high-tech problem of drones flying in restricted areas. (Photo: Pixabay)

The Hague, Netherlands: It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky.

Police are working with a Hague-based company that trains eagles and other birds to catch drones to investigate whether the birds can be used above large events or near airports, where the small flying machines are banned.

 

Dennis Janus of the national police said Tuesday that trainers exploit the birds' natural instincts to tackle the high-tech problem of drones flying in restricted areas.

Janus says the birds are trained "to think drones are their prey" and get a reward if they catch one. Dutch police will likely make a decision later this year whether to use the birds.

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