Saturday, August 30, 2014

US: National Park Crisis--Evolution of Illegal Drones

According to The Associated Press, for the third time this summer, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, federal park rangers have cited tourists for illegally flying drones in the park.
Park officials said Friday (August 29) that Donald Criswell of Molalla, OR, flew an unmanned aircraft over Midway Geyser Basin and near roaming bison on August 19.
In early August, rangers charged Theodorus Van Vliet of the Netherlands after his drone allegedly crashed into Grand Prismatic Spring. 
Andreas Meissner of Germany is accused of flying a drone that crashed into Yellowstone Lake on July 17. He was charged earlier this week.
COMMENT: As technology evolves, it seems clear that the Park Service presumably needs the resources to neutralize illegal drones in federal parks in their tracks. 
THE JACKSON HOLE NEWS AND GUIDE has reported at least one drone citation.
Rangers say a man crashed a drone into a tree in late June, possibly while attempting to get aerial photos of wildlife.