In Graubünden in eastern Switzerland, drones with thermal imaging cameras have spotted and rescued 450 newborn deer hidden in meadows and pastures due to be harvested.
Throughout the season across the area, the drones flew around 1,100 missions coordinated by BKPJV, saving 450 fawns during pre-harvest inspections using thermal cameras.
The method was first trialed in Lower Engadine, Switzerland in 2018. Since then, 19 new drones and 150 new pilots were recruited for the search and rescue campaign.
In 2020, the project is to be extended further, although the use of drones is still seen as supplementary alongside traditional approaches to keeping deep away from crops, which include scent marking.
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