At least one eagle is keeping the Great Lakes free of the watchful eye of the government.
We have reported before that many (or most) of the drones in our skies come with some significant risk to national security:
Much to the dismay of an environmental scientist, the eagle has just given a drone flying in his skies a great big Hell No.
The bird of prey attacked the Phantom 4 Pro Advanced quadcopter drone about 162 feet in the sky on July 21, “tearing off a propeller and sending the aircraft to the bottom of Lake Michigan,” according to the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
“The attack could have been a territorial squabble with the electronic foe, or just a hungry eagle,” the department said.
An environmental quality analyst and drone pilot, Hunter King, was mapping shoreline erosion on Lake Michigan with the device, which was flying at 22 mph, when it began twirling out of control and he spotted an eagle flying away, it said.
A bird-watching couple nearby said it saw the eagle strike something and appear to fly away uninjured, department officials said. —NBC
Hunter King? That might be his name.
But the eagle just took back the title.
It’s just too bad nobody caught this on camera.