Drones a daily sight in Yosemite

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm •  Published: May 2, 2014
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The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.

The National Park Service issued a statement Friday reminding visitors that federal regulations actually ban the use of unmanned aircraft within the park's boundaries.

Yet that hasn't stopped drone sightings from becoming a nearly daily occurrence in one of the nation's most venerated national parks in recent years, said Scott Gediman, a park ranger for nearly two decades.

"There has been an increasing use of the drones just because they are more prevalent on the market," he said, adding, "It's a new toy."

The drones can often be seen buzzing loudly near waterfalls, above meadows or over treetops as guests use them to capture otherwise impossible-to-get photographs of the breathtaking landscape.

"Most if not all of the people using these are simply unaware that they're illegal," Gediman told The Associated Press.



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