As popular drones are, not everyone is welcoming them with open arms because, in certain situations, they can cause some pretty serious damage. Drones have been responsible for knocking out power and crashing into babies, and that's just for starters.
Just last year in California, emergency medical teams were prevented from responding to a wildfire by hobby drones. The hobby drones were just trying to catch some footage of the blaze, but they ended up clogging up the airspace that emergency responders needed. More than a dozen cars were torched on the freeway as a result.
The incident sparked a heated debate about whether or not you can shoot down a drone if it's flying over your home. Several different lawmakers sprang into action, quickly creating legislation restricting drones' airspace.
On top of that, the number of drone owners has exploded in the past year, and after Christmas there are a million more buzzing through the skies. The good news is that now every drone owner has to register it with the FAA, but that's not to say that some will forget, or others will blatantly fly illegally. (Did I mention there are also fears of terrorism associated with drones?)
But now, the argument of shooting down drones could soon take a backseat, as we've learned that the Dutch National Police are training EAGLES, yes, I said eagles, to take down illegal drones and other flying objects.
It sounds a little bizarre at first, but it makes a lot of sense. Just think about it. Eagles are natural hunters, have tough talons capable of carrying several pounds, and can venture to several places that humans, and drones for that matter, can't.
During training, Dutch National Police teamed up with a training company called Guard From Above and trained eagles to snatch drones out of the sky and bring them back to ground level safely and securely.
Watch the video below to see some of the eagles in action. The video is in German, but you can have the subtitles translated from within YouTube. For translated subtitles, in the video click on Settings>>Subtitles>>Auto-translate>>English.