Dutch National Police Are Training Eagles To Take Down Unauthorized Drones
At least the bird catching the drone would probably make a pretty cool video
In case you weren’t aware, you’re now obligated to register your drone if you plan on flying it, and it’s going to cost you $5 for the privilege. Flying a drone where you shouldn’t can get you in a lot of trouble, but apparently doing so in the jurisdiction of the Dutch National Police might earn your drone a beatdown from a trained eagle.
This video (the audio is in Dutch and so are the subtitles) shows the police officers working with the birds to take down the DJI drone in mid-air. Eagles can generate a lot of speed and have extremely strong talons, so the takedown looks like a pretty straight-forward task for the bird.
As the Gizmodo post suggests, it does seem a bit dangerous to send a live bird into the potential path of some sharp, spinning rotors, so the practicality of the solution is somewhat questionable.
Of course, here in America, we prefer our solutions a little more straight forward, like using these shotgun shells that are specifically marketed for their ability to shoot drones out of the sky.