Drone aircraft to study rabbit habitat

PULLMAN — A group of researchers will use an unmanned aircraft small enough to be launched by hand to study potential pygmy rabbit habitats in eastern and central Idaho.

Researchers from the University of Idaho, Washington State University and Boise State University will perform the study from June 24-30.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the electric drone aircraft will be controlled from the ground as it flies over sagebrush in Lemhi and Blaine counties. It will take high-resolution photos to help researchers better understand the relationship between sagebrush and pygmy rabbits.

The data could help researchers find the best places to reintroduce captive-bred rabbits. The National Science Foundation awarded each university around $330,000 to take part in the study.

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