Police in Holland Train Eagles to Intercept Drones

Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight

Police in Holland are serious about developing anti-drone capabilities, and they’ve now trained eagles to take down the unmanned aircraft.

As tech website The Verge reported, a demonstration video (below) released Sunday shows one such eagle swooping down on a drone, snatching it in its powerful talons, and slamming it into the ground.

“The bird sees the drone as prey and takes it to a safe place, a place where there are no other birds or people,” program spokesman Marc Wiebe told The Register (UK).

The eagles are not native to the Dutch police force, but are in fact a partnership between officers and raptor training company Guard From Above.

While the birds have hefty talons, trainers are for now testing drones whose rotors are not going to hurt the bird. They are currently drawing up ideas to protect the birds from more heavy-duty rotors.

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SOURCE: Newsmax, Nick Sanchez