Drones don’t only have human opposers to contend with.
Eagles have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drone equipment owned by one of the biggest gold mining firms in the world.
While gold mining is not as lucrative or widespread as it once was, it still makes a hefty sum of money each year for the successful firms in operation.
It is also one of the most destructive processes that takes place on the environment.
The violent way in which the landscape is blown up does irreversible damage to the terrain, and the by products are highly toxic, containing cyanide and mercury, which seep into soil and nearby water supplies
The whole process is very excessive, with tons of rock needing to be excavated to produce the smallest amount of gold.
However, the miners have made a new enemy after recruiting the help of drones to help them in their quest for gold. Drones have been employed by gold mining companies to help them scout gold hot spots from the air.
This has not gone down too well with the eagle population, as many of them have taken to attacking the expensive pieces of equipment, rendering them unusable.
One mining surveyor, Rick Steven says he has lost nine Trimble UX5 drones to the angry eagles who he has deemed the drones ‘natural enemy’.
Steven said he even took to disguising his drones as baby eagles, which fooled the predators for a short while, until they grew wise to the trick and recommenced their attacks.
At an average $20,000 per drone, one company has lost around $100,000 of drone technology.
The symbol of American triumph, eagles are hailed as well respected animals by lots of Americans, and their actions are heeded by many.
This case makes an interesting comment of the conflict between the natural and the technological world, and how the two might never be resolved.