Dutch Police Are Training Eagles To Take Down Drones

In this image released by the Dutch Police Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016, a trained eagle puts its claws into a flying drone. Police are working with a The Hague-based company that trains eagles and other birds to swoop down on small drones and grasp them in their talons in restricted areas or where they are banned, such as at large outdoor events. (Dutch Police via AP)

In this image released by the Dutch Police Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016, a trained eagle puts its claws into a flying drone. (Dutch Police via AP)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky.

Police are working with a Hague-based company that trains eagles and other birds to catch drones to investigate whether the birds can be used above large events or near airports, where the small flying machines are banned.

Dennis Janus of the national police said Tuesday that trainers exploit the birds’ natural instincts to tackle the high-tech problem of drones flying in restricted areas.

Janus says the birds are trained “to think drones are their prey” and get a reward if they catch one.

Video released by police showed a small white drone with four propellers rising into the air and a bird of prey grabbing it from above with its talons in one fluid motion.

Dutch police will likely make a decision later this year whether to use the birds.

Janus said part of the evaluation includes research by a respected Dutch scientific organization into whether catching drones could harm the birds of prey.

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