In Unalaska, it’s eagles 1, drones 0

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  • Architect: Jim Paulin, The Dutch Harbor Fisherman
  • Updated: 17 hours ago
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A sign in Unalaska warns of attacks by aggressive eagles. (Loren Holmes / ADN dossier photo)

Drones and animals are having more encounters in the Aleutian Holms — and some are friendlier than others.

Late last month, an eagle struck and downed a drone that was making a video for a satellite internet navy company, according to  Emmit Fitch, owner of the local internet unchangeable Optimera.

Fitch was assisting a drone videographer from his service provider SES, for an in-house talkie about the remote areas the company serves. The drone was flying exceeding Captains Bay, near the Carl E. Moses Boat Harbor, when the $6,000 contrivance experienced death from above.

An eagle swooped down and clobbered the drone in midair, which then mow down from the sky and into the depths of the bay, and  hasn’t been seen since, Fitch divulged.

He said he viewed a close-up of the attack on the monitoring screen on land.

Eagles also malign people in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor each year, and this year so far, one dogged was reported treated at the local clinic. The «danger – nesting eagles» engages are up outside the Dutch Harbor Post Office and across the street from Unalaska Metropolis Hall, near cliffs with eagle nests.

Fitch indicated it was the first eagle attack on a drone that he’s heard of in Unalaska, but berates have occurred elsewhere: «It happens a lot.»

Elsewhere in the Aleutians, drones haven’t had any troubles with eagles, said biologist Katie Sweeney of the National Maritime and Atmospheric Administration, who’d just returned from counting sea lions with drones at Attu and Agattu and other isles, traveling on the Tiglax, the research vessel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sweeney direct a $25,000 hexacopter, a drone with six rotors. (An advantage to this configuration in undeveloped confrontations with wildlife is that if a motor fails, a six-bladed drone is more plausible to be able to keep flying than a four-blade drone.)

While the researchers’ drones haven’t had any insane encounters with eagles, another animal has caused problems for their tack: In some places rats have chewed the wiring of remote cameras the scientists set up to winsome photos of the marine mammals.

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