Alaska is taking a small step towards the protection of wildlife by banning the use of drones in hunting.
The northern state’s Department of Law is currently looking into prohibiting the use of remotely controlled cameras attached to aircrafts by hunters. The device, which costs approximately $1000, flies above trees and obstacles, making it easier for hunters to find animals like bears or moose that they can shoot.
“Under hunting regulations, unless it specifically says that it’s illegal, you’re allowed to do it,” said Alaska Wildlife Troopers Captain Bernard Chastain. “What happens a lot of times is technology gets way ahead of regulations, and the hunting regulations don’t get a chance to catch up for quite a while.”
Unfortunately the ban, which will likely become law by July 1, is not aimed at protecting the animals from the unfair human advantage in the so called “sport” (as if the loaded guns weren’t enough) but to give more hunters a chance to kill innocent animals for fun.
“Other people don’t have a fair opportunity to take game if somebody else is able to do that,” explained Chastain. “On the biology side, if you make it too easy to take animals, then there’s not opportunity for everybody else out there, because they can only allow so many animals to be taken.”
The use of hunting drones is already banned in Wisconsin and Idaho and New Mexico, Vermont and Wyoming are also looking into the ban.
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