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Pennsylvania Game Commission may ban drones over game lands

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 21, 2016 8:55 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission may ban drones over 1.5 million acres of state game lands after reports of the unmanned craft near an eagle's nest and others interfering with migrating waterfowl.

The commission may give preliminary approval to the ban at its next quarterly meeting on April 4-5.

The game commission says there have been at least a half dozen reports of drones flying near migrating gees at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and another of a drone flying near an eagle cam that monitors a next near Hanover, York County.

Game officials presume the drones, which often have cameras mounted to them, are being used to take pictures or video.

But officials say the drones can spook migrating birds and disrupt their rest and feeding needs.

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