“Get Off My Lawn” said the bald eagle in his best Clint Eastwood impression as he fought back against SKYNET 162 ft over America’s shores!
Ok, maybe that quote wasn’t word for word what the eagle said, but a Michigan bald eagle did decide that he had enough of “big brother” watching over him and resolved to do something about it.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) uses drones to fly over Michigan’s shorelines along the Great Lakes to track erosion and water levels. Last month, EGLE experienced difficulties with one of its drones 162 ft above the water and tried to recall the unit.
The speed dropped from 22 mph to 10 before a propelled was suddenly ripped off the unit and the drone plummeted to its permanent watery grave. The recalled video footage showed the victor leaving the scene of the apparent mid-air dogfight: A proud bald eagle!
(No word of if the rumors of it giving the dying drone the middle finger as it flew away are true or not…)
Bald eagle populations in Michigan have been rising steady over the past couple decades. A 2019 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey showed 849 active nesting sites in Michigan, up from a low point of 76 nesting sites in the 1970s.
State Representative Beau M. LaFave had this to say on Twitter upon hearing of the incident:
The way 2020 has gone so far, if SKYNET were going to make an initial attack, it makes sense it would be this year. Well not while territorial Patriotic Bald Eagles like this one are on active duty!
More details about the incident can be found at freep.com.