When it comes to stopping drones, nature finds a way. Well, nature and nurture, as well as Dutch policemen. Early this year, Dutch police released a video of eagles trained to snatch quadcopters out of the sky. Animals, especially birds of prey, have done this on their own plenty of times. The Dutch innovation is taking a theoretical question, "can birds be trained to attack drones?" and turning it into a public safety tool.
The first eagles are now ready for action. The Verge reports:
With today's announcement, the Netherlands becomes the first country to use birds to take down drones, which have become a growing security concern around the world. Dutch forces bought four sea eagle chicks after completing their trials this year, and around 100 officers will be trained to use them. The birds are five months old now, and until they mature, the force will use eagles supplied by Guard From Above, a company that trains birds of prey to take down hostile drones. Authorities expect their own "flying squad" to be active by next summer.