February 2, 2016, IFLScience
While governments and law enforcement continue to grapple with the ominous potential of drones, the solution looks likes it could actually be much more simple and archaic than imagined.
The Dutch police have joined forces with Guards From Above, a firm in The Hague who specialize in training birds of prey for private security, to help protect the skies from rogue drones. With some training, the eagles recognize the drones as prey, which they then disable with their talons and return to a safe place.
So far, the project is just a trial, with the police assessing whether they want a full fleet of drone-busting birds of prey.
Drones are becoming cheaper and more accessible, heightening fears that they could beused by criminals or terrorist groups. In this vein, the Japanese police force has recently announced they will deploy a battalion of anti-drone officers and disabling drones.
“In the future drones will be used increasingly, so [it] will increase the number of incidents involving drones,” the Netherland’s Police said in a statement. “Drones can also be used for criminal purposes.”