Ban on Drones Over PA Lands Gets Preliminary OK

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:20 AM

The commission'south unanimous decision Tuesday is scheduled for consideration for a final vote in July. Executive cited at minimum five instances in which drones disturbed wildlife during this year'south snow goose migration season in the Center Creek Wildlife Management Area.

The PA Game Commission has given preliminary approval to banning drones over 1.5 million acres of state game lands after reports of the unmanned craft close bald eagles' nests and drones interfering with migrating waterfowl.

The commission'south unanimous decision Tuesday is scheduled for consideration for a final vote in July.

Executive cited at minimum five instances in which drones disturbed wildlife during this year'south snow goose migration season in the Center Creek Wildlife Management Area. Drones have also been reported near to bald eagles' nests.

Game executive declare they presume the drones are being used to get pictures or video, but the devices can spook migrating birds and disrupt their rest and feeding. The executive director can approbate exceptions to the ban.

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