Drones Off Limits to 2 U.S. National Parks

Despite the rising popularity of flying drones equipped with cameras, or rather perhaps due to it, 2 national parks in the United States have made drones off limits to their territories.

A Livescience article reports that earlier this week, Yosemite National Park in California issued a notice prohibiting drones from the grounds; “Visitors traveling to the park should be aware that the use of drones is prohibited while visiting the park and should not be utilized at any time,” National Park Service officials said in a statement.

Among the reasons cited by the Yosemite National Park that drones are disallowed from the place include: safety concerns; drones could disturb animals that live within the park, or ruin the experiences of other visitors to national parks – that is drones can create too much noise which can impact the natural soundscape,” National Park Service officials said in a statement. ”

Meanwhile, flying a drone within the boundaries of Zion National Park can result in a penalty of up to six months imprisonment or a fine of $5,000, Livescience continues to report. For the same reasons that Yosemite National Park issued, Zion National Park also added “Drones are a new challenge for Zion National Park and our mission of resource protection,” wildlife biologist Cassie Waters said in a statement. “Animals can be injured when attempting to escape or avoid drone activity. Drones can also change the natural behavior of wildlife and lead to unnecessary energy expenditures. This has the potential to affect survival and reproduction success in many species. We are therefore really concerned with drones, their effect on wildlife and our ability to preserve the natural environment.”

National parks like these that are homes to different plant and animal species should really be maintained in their pristine condition, for they are part of the heritage that future generations should enjoy. Thus, if for the reasons stated above will disrupt, and eventually destroy the life species contained within these parks, then drones should by all means be banned from these sacred natural space.

More importantly, since the use of drones for recreation can no longer be halted, more so because makers are increasingly developing newer, more affordable drones, at least some designated places should be made available to the public, with clear guidelines as well. Otherwise, it is each to his own, and that would spell more trouble for authorities and the public as well.

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