Researchers at the University of North Dakota have been given the go-ahead by the university's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research compliance committee to test UAS to compile censuses of wildlife.
According to a Prairie Business report, the research – taking place on 800 acres of Sully's Hill National Game Preserve near Devils Lake, N.D. – will include videos and photos of large animals for now, and possibly smaller animals and vegetation in the future.
Researchers have chosen to use the Draganflyer X4ES, which they will fly at a maximum of 400 feet, but have yet to determine how close the UAV will be able to get to the wildlife, the article states.
The Federal Aviation Administration must give final approval before the project can begin.
The entire Prairie Business article can be found here.