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December 21 2012

Hunting Down Poachers with War on Terror Tech, Funded by Google


With $5 million from the search giant, the World Wildlife Fund is deploying unarmed drones to track and hunt down wildlife poachers.

When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) wanted to fight animal poachers--illegal hunters of wildlife--they decided to bring in an unorthodox weapon: Drones. But these drones were different from the killer Predators of public imagination. Instead, they were unarmed, superlightweight, and users launch them by throwing them into the air--in fact, they are heavily modified model aircraft. After negotiations, Nepal was chosen as a pilot site for the wildlife drones. First launched in mid-2012, the WWF drones offered a new, experimental method of stopping poachers.

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