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The Dutch National Police Force may enlist eagles to help take out illegal drones during emergencies.
Police paired up with a raptor training company Guard from Above to train an eagle to recognize, capture and transport a drone with their talons, as part of efforts to simplify anti-drone defenses. The strategy would use eagles to combat drones in situations when it could be too dangerous to use more common intercept methods, such as police drones fitted with nets.
The above video shows a demonstration of the eagle’s work, the National Police said in a statement. The force is also exploring nets as an option, but trained eagles would give them more control over where the captured drones are taken. They will decide upon adopting the program within a few months.