Turns Out Eagles Are a Bad Solution for Capturing Rogue Drones
In January of last year, the Dutch National Police announced
they were training eagles
to take down misbehaving
When Dutch police announced the trial period, they also released a video showing eagles grabbing DJI phantoms from the air with their talons. "That will make mincemeat out of an eagle," Robert Muster, a falconer in Enschede, told a Dutch newspaper last year. Muster added, "If an eagle can not catch his prey, he may become so frustrated that he picks up something else. Eagle talons are so strong that it can easily pierce a child's head."
As tech companies, hobbyists, and amateurs continue to capitalize on airspace, it's important to come up with a safe solution for wrangling rogue drones. But an unreliable and potentially deadly bird is not the solution. I'm not here for a future where I have to look up into the sky and see a glitched-out Amazon delivery drone careening toward a power line, hoping that a massive bird of prey is up to the task that day. But at least we got a fun video out of it.