The Dutch police have ended a project that used eagles to swoop in and intercept illegal drones with their claws, according to Engadget.com (https://tinyurl.com/nethereagle). It turns out there really isn’t a great need for drone-hunting eagles, after all. A photo of an eagle closing in on its target is shown, courtesy of Politie.
Plus, the program was expensive, since the eagles had to be raised from chicks and then trained. Worse yet, the raptors were easily distracted by more appealing (as in edible) prey. Not to worry, the retired eagles are getting new homes.
Incidentally, the Dutch police also dropped their rat tracking project, which had the critters sniffing out illegal fireworks, cigarettes and human bones, among other things. It seems making the rats “operational” wasn’t exactly feasible.