Drone ban on game lands moves ahead

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is moving ahead with a ban on flying drones over state game lands.

The board gave its unanimous approval in a preliminary vote Tuesday.

The game agency says there have been reports of drones flying close to bald-eagle nests, which causes a risk to eagles and their eggs. And during the snow-goose migration season at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area this year, there were at least five incidents where drones disturbed the resting birds.

Commissioners said a ban also would ensure drones aren’t used to interfere with hunters and trappers on game lands.

Final approval is expected at the board’s July meeting.

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