Dutch police comes up with an effective and advanced ways to counter the increasing number of drones flying around the sky that threatens public safety –anti-drone eagles.
“It’s a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem,” national police spokesman Dennis Janus told Reuters.
“People sometimes think it’s a hoax, but it’s proving very effective so far.” he added.
“For years, the government has been looking for ways to counter the undesirable use of drones,” Guard From Above’s founder and CEO, Sjoerd Hoogendoorn, said in a statement. “Sometimes a low-tech solution for a high-tech problem is more obvious than it seems. This is the case with our specially trained birds of prey. By using these birds’ animal instincts, we can offer an effective solution to a new threat.”
“These birds are used to meeting resistance from animals they hunt in the wild, and they don’t seem to have much trouble with the drones,” he said.
“The real problem we have is that they destroy a lot of drones,” Hoogendoorn said. “It’s a major cost of testing.”
A video released on Sunday by Dutch police shows a white-tailed eagle glides straight towards a maneuvering drone, clutches it easily in her talons and drags it to the ground.