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How Not to Stop Pigeon Hunters

An environmentalist in South Carolina gets his drone blown up

Here’s the thing about using an aerial drone to stop hunters from hunting birds—the hunters will shoot down your aerial drone. The oddly-named environmental group SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) reportedly found this out the expensive way in South Carolina. 

SHARK was about to launch its Mikrokopter drone to record what it called a live pigeon shoot when law enforcement officers and an attorney who said he represented a privately-owned plantation tried to stop the aircraft from taking off. SHARK insisted it would launch the drone, so the hunters began to leave.

The environmental group launched the drone anyway and it was promptly shot out of the sky.

So, no pigeons were killed and the hunters got to do some shooting after all.


Read the whole crazy story here.



Joe Donatelli has written for the Los Angeles Times, Scripps-Howard News Service, Slate, Brides, Salon, Babble, Shape, Cracked and other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was born in Cleveland, lives in Los Angeles and is a proud graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @joedonatelli
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