Bald Eagle Takes out Government Drone


A drone operated by the state’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was sent plummeting to a watery grave in Lake Michigan, last month. Per EGLE, a Bald Eagle “launched an airborne attack” against the drone. During the scuffle, the eagle ripped off the drone’s propeller, causing it to fall 162 feet and into the lake. The drone was being used, at the time, to map erosion of the coastline in an effort to combat rising water levels and property destruction along the shoreline.

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