Let’s Not Force Eagles to Fight Rogue Drones
A thrilling viral video looks great from a police officer's point of view, but what about the eagle's?
Watching a giant eagle streak out of the sky to capture a rogue drone is undeniably cool. A story has been sweeping the Internet about how the Dutch National Police are training eagles to be a new avian air force that will protect us from evil flying robots.
The idea that eagles could be turned into an efficient and effective drone-catching squadron makes a certain amount of sense. I've spent a lot of time observing eagles, and as any birder knows, they’re big, tough birds with big, strong talons and great eyesight. And it’s not surprising that police forces would turn to live birds to help them capture errant drones. Other anti-drone efforts are expensive and unwieldy, such as