Should Scientists Worry That Their Drones Stress Out Bears?
A new study found black bears get stressed when drones are near, even if they don't show it. But drone use in wildlife research isn't going away.By Steven Sparkman | August 13, 2015
Wildlife researchers have gone all-in on drones. They used to need airplanes to get aerial data, and now they can do it cheaply and easily with an off-the-shelf gadget. (Video via U.S. Geological Survey)
But drone use for research may have a downside: Wild animals could be getting seriously stressed out by all the drones, even if they aren't showing it.
The study from University of Minnesota describes researchers terrifying some black bears for the sake of science. Not that they really meant to.