Watch: Dutch Police Video Shows a Trained Eagle Taking Down Drones
A concern that has been expressed is the potential damage a drone with fast-spinning rotors could inflict on these animals, specifically their talons. Guard From Above says not to worry.
“In nature, birds of prey often overpower large and dangerous prey. Their talons have scales, which protect them, naturally, from their victims’ bites,” the company explains on its website. “Of course, we are continuously investigating any extra possible protective measures we can take in order to protect our birds. The Dutch National Police has asked the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientifi c Research (TNO) to research the possible impact on the birds’ claws. The results are not yet known. We are working closely with the Dutch National Police on the development of our services.”
That said, it’s the drones that end up suffering the most damage. "The real problem we have is that they destroy a lot of drones," Hoogendoorn said, according to Reuters. "It's a major cost of testing."