Colorado fights drone flights causing wildlife harassment

Officials in Colorado have joined the rising chorus of park, game, and marine authorities around the world stepping up to make the same, increasingly louder appeal: Drone flights in natural settings often result in wildlife harassment, and must be entirely avoided.

Colorado park officials remind pilots of hefty fines for buzzing animals in natural settings

On Tuesday, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife administration issued another plea to drone pilots to keep the craft out of reserves, where they risk violating animal harassment laws. The appeal follows similar messages from officials in California, Oregon, Canada, France, and elsewhere for practitioners of the increasingly popular aerial activity: resist the understandable temptation to fly the craft close to creatures in order to shoot stunning video in their natural settings. The noise and proximity of drones, they warn, frequently alarm animals, increases unhealthy stress levels, and can spook them into fleeing…