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England May Train Eagles to Fight Drones, Too

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Drone-fighting eagles may take flight in Scotland Yard, as police in England said they are interested in using the birds as anti-drone security.

The Metropolitan Police expressed their interest a week after the Netherlands released a video of the bird they trained to seize drones. Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe saw the video, and not to be outdone, wanted in on the eagle action.

“As would be expected in an organization that is transforming, we take an interest in all innovative new ideas and will of course be looking at the work of the Dutch police use of eagles,” said a Metropolitan Police spokesperson.

The eagles would be used in situations where drones are a threat, and using anti-drones would either be dangerous or less effective than eagles. The birds could be trained to grab drones in their talons and transport them elsewhere, the Dutch Police said in a statement last week.


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