Drone near Hanover eagle cam; ban possible

The Associated Press

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.

Two eggs lay in the eagles nest near Hanover in this screen grab taken in February 2016.

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

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

Game officials presume the drones are being used to take pictures or video. But officials say the drones can spook migrating birds and disrupt their rest and feeding needs.