Dutch eagles to combat drones

2016-03-07 21:07
The northern Dutch city of Purmerend is seeking a solution of the feathered kind after a series of attacks by an outlaw owl have left residents terrified and evening strollers ducking for cover. (Markku Ulander, AFP, Lehtikuva)

The northern Dutch city of Purmerend is seeking a solution of the feathered kind after a series of attacks by an outlaw owl have left residents terrified and evening strollers ducking for cover. (Markku Ulander, AFP, Lehtikuva)

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The Hague - Dutch police have enlisted the help of eagles to combat potential terrorist attacks by drones in a successful test carried out before the media on Monday near The Hague.

The unusual weapon had been tested several months ago, a police spokesperson said, adding that the first results were very promising.

The police and anti-terrorist authorities plan to make a final decision on whether to use the birds of prey in the summer.

"It is a low-tech solution for a high-tech problem," Sjoerd Hoogendoorn, director of the company Guard from Above which provides the eagles, told dpa.

The company has trained and tried out several types of birds of prey. Training the birds, which relies on their hunting instinct, takes more than a year.

"For the birds a drone like that is like a piece of prey that they snatch in the air and take to a safe place," Hoogendoorn said.

Press reports say that the London Metropolitan Police is also interested in using the birds.

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