A counselor from Cumbria, a coastal county in North West England, has suggested that drones be used to help control seagulls, which have become a nuisance for the seaside residents. Graham Roberts proposed that UAVs be used to destroy seagull eggs. Roberts is reportedly set to voice the proposal at a council meeting next week. “Anybody with any food near their face could have their nose or eye pecked,” Roberts said regarding seagull attacks. The Copeland Borough Council has previously said that seagull attacks have been an issue, though it had not received complaints regarding the assaults.
In other drone news, U.S. Aerobotix, a startup located in the Dayton, Ohio-area, has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration for the flight of drones. The company will reportedly use to the drone for public utility inspections. Also, a study by the University of Minnesota has concluded that bears show signs of stress when near operating drones.
Should we use anti-gull drones to tackle problem seabirds?
Pilots in the U.S. have encountered 650 drones this year, a 173% increase over 2014: http://t.co/0PP1Y83cJE http://t.co/ezDlnvSrrc
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