Pennsylvania Game Commission May Ban Drones Over Game Lands

Mar 21, 2016

 

After a drone interfered with an eagle's nest on state game lands, officials are banning the use of the craft.
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission may ban drones over 1.5 million acres of state game lands after reports of the unmanned craft near an eagle's nest and others interfering with migrating waterfowl.

LNP reports the commission may give preliminary approval to the ban at its next quarterly meeting April 4-5.

The game commission says there have been at least a half dozen reports of drones flying near migrating geese at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and one of a drone flying near an eagle cam that monitors a nest near Hanover, York County.

Game officials presume the drones are being used to take pictures or video. But officials say the drones can spook migrating birds and disrupt their rest and feeding needs.