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    Posted March 3, 2014 by
    Coquitlam, British Columbia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Remote aerial photography

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    Black Bear makes friends with Drone


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RoninRC, a 'drone' photographer, came upon this curious bear who was interested in his camera. 'This is a heavily wooded area, with deer, salmon, coyotes, eagles we see frequently. Saw him come out of the bush and purposefully went to film and possibly interact with him. I was pretty sure he would not harm it much if at all, just really curious. Seen animals have no real fear of them before, doesn't smell like a man, or predator.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    While flying at our local RC aircraft club, a large Black Bear came out of the bush and was very curious about the multi-rotor helicopter that we use for aerial photography and video. At first he was cautious but would follow the UAV while continuing to look at it.


    A few times I put the craft down in front of him with a GoPro Hero2 camera on it, to capture images while it flies.


    I fly this by way of first person view, which is a camera on the heli that sends the picture back to me, while wearing a pair of goggles that displays the video.  This lets me pilot the craft basically from inside it, like a pilot would a real heli or plane.


    First person view or FPV has thousands of uses from Search and Rescue to emergency service, which I'm involved in doing pilot test programs right now with.


    The first couple times he came up to it on the ground, looked at it, but then kept walking.


    Finally he got up enough courage to walk right up to it and sniff it, then he actually stuck out his claws and pawed it a few times, before draggin it a few feet across the grass.


    At that point I gave it just idle rpm power and it scared him from any more tampering with the UAV.


    Bear was not harmed in any way, he was so curious as to what it was, never seen anything like it before.


    We saw him back at the field again days later, looking for his Quadcopter friend.
    More videos like this, showing wildlife and scenery from a UAV on www.youtube.com/rcfreehold

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