A bald eagle beat the crap out of a authorities drone mapping the shoreline of Lake Michigan, ripping off its propeller and sending it plunging to the lake’s backside, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Sure. The company working the drone murdered by an eagle goes by the acronym EGLE.

The company says the incident occurred close to Escanaba within the Higher Peninsula space of Michigan final month. EGLE environmental air high quality analyst and drone pilot Hunter King was utilizing the drone to map shoreline erosion when the drama began. The drone began spinning because it was headed for dwelling, King says, “like a really bad rollercoaster ride.” A few close by eagle-watchers stated they noticed an eagle strike one thing, later confirmed to be the EGLE drone.

Why the eagle attacked the drone continues to be not completely clear, it might have been a struggle for territory, or the eagle may need thought the drone was prey. Regardless of the case, it’s not exceptional for eagles to attack drones.

Over the previous a number of years, erosion and flooding alongside Lake Michigan have led to habitat destruction and disruption to its ecosystem, in addition to property injury. Scientist Lauren Fry told the Chicago Tribune earlier this yr that a number of elements have contributed to Lake Michigan’s excessive waters, together with hotter temperatures throughout the midwestern US. “Climate factors,” Fry advised the Tribune, “are the primary drivers of water levels.”

Nevertheless it’s not all unhealthy information. EGLE says based on a 2019 US Fish and Wildlife Service survey, there are 849 lively bald eagle nesting websites in Michigan. That’s up from the low level of simply 76 websites within the 1970s.

So was the avenging bald eagle who attacked the drone some type of local weather activist searching for to guard the shoreline from additional human destruction? Ha ha after all not (perhaps) it’s only a chicken. And whereas EGLE is supposed to be a steward of Michigan’s surroundings, it’s price noting that the division grew out of a 2019 restructuring of the state Department of Environmental Quality. That company, additionally referred to as DEQ, was extensively criticized for its role in the Flint water crisis. Possibly not a nasty concept to control them, eagle.

The division stated the destroyed drone was a $950 DJI Phantom four Professional Superior, and it’s given up the search, leaving the drone to its watery grave. A spokesperson stated within the company’s lighthearted weblog publish that EGLE was wanting into whether or not it would have the ability to concern a quotation to the “rogue eagle” however I believe perhaps they need to simply let sleeping drones lie.

The misplaced drone might be changed with an analogous mannequin, and EGLE says it might use different designs that make the drones look much less like seagulls, to stop future assaults.

Yeah, that bald eagle will certainly be ready.

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