Drones used to spot, protect wildlife in farm fields

Not sure how widespread the problem of baby deer in farm fields is, but at least one team is trying IR-camera drones to spot them before farm machinery hurts them. 

FromBoingBoing (linked video is in French):

By indicating to farmers who are operating heavy equipment where deer might be hiding and resting in their fields. Many deer are killed instantly or lose limbs when they're run over by farming equipment, by farmers who have no idea they're there. What a wonderful use of drones! Video Link. It's a Swiss TV news segment, and includes some other interesting new technologies Swiss farmers are using. (thanks, @DeerRehab)

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 28, 2013 at 11:58pm

I part of a group using more traditional methods to find range with UA.

One from yesterday 

I am just heading out the door as three more were caught last night, the main focus of the study is cats though.

I put very irregular updates here https://sites.google.com/a/suasnews.com/ukulalela-listen/

This fellow could have been eyeing that deer up ;-)

Comment by HeliStorm on June 29, 2013 at 12:52am
I nearly ran over a fawn with a mountain bike once. It was likely one of the odder moments in either of our lives. Their instinct is to hunker down, and blend in. I can honestly say, I have never given thought to them in ag fields. Interesting story.
Comment by Joshua Ott on June 29, 2013 at 7:39pm

The swather is one of the more brutal machines on the farm, I never liked to run it. Like most farming operations, faster is better, you would be surprised how quickly they can travel. A pasture of grass or alfalfa that is ready to be cut, is also an inviting habitat for many animals. I've found more than one unfortunate pheasant who ended up in a bale of hay :-/ 


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Comment by Randy on June 29, 2013 at 9:30pm

It's like miniature search-and-rescue.  love it!

..and just practically speaking I'm sure the little deer makes a mess of the hay and machinery as well! so win-win getting them out of the way.

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