State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Looks to UAS for Animal Surveys

778_480312865 State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Looks to UAS for Animal SurveysThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has decided to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to survey local animal species.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission OK'd the $50,000 plan, which covers the purchase of two quadcopters and necessary equipment, as well as operational training, according to a report from the Portland Tribune.

In 2015, the state agency plans to operate the aircraft to survey populations of double-crested cormorant seabirds and their prey, the Chinook salmon, as well as any potential reactions from the birds in response to the UAS.

The ODFW’s goal is to eliminate human danger and reduce operational costs by using UAS instead of manned helicopters.

Read the full Portland Tribune report here.

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