Category Archives: Wildlife

‘Predator’ Vision Drones Get Artificial Intelligence to Spot Poachers

Poachers illegally hunting elephants and rhinoceroses under cover of darkness may soon find themselves being tracked by “Predator” vision drones armed with artificial intelligence. The new AI system that enables surveillance drones to automatically detect both humans and animals could help conservation experts and rangers protect endangered wildlife starting in 2018.

A wildlife conservation group called Air Shepherd has already tested the AI system in a field demonstration and hopes to eventually expand such operations to various national parks in Africa.

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Drone Tracking Moose Calves in Washington

Young moose in the forest in the wild

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is working with University of Montana wildlife researchers to test the use of a drone to document the presence of moose calves in northeast Washington, the department has announced.

This week, a contractor for the university will fly an unmanned aircraft system equipped with a video camera over radio-collared cow moose on public and private lands in Stevens, Pend Oreille and Spokane counties.

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