Drone encounter spooks mule at Lee Canyon, rider damage

Drone encounter spooks mule at Lee Canyon, rider hurt

LEE CANYON (FOX5) –- A person on a mule north of the Las Vegas Valley stated he was injured after a drone received too shut for consolation.

Terry Jones, 71, was on Lee Canyon repairing mountain trails along with his nonprofit, Again Nation Horsemen of America, when he stated a drone started buzzing round his mule.

“As soon as it got here excessive, it descended and was following my mule all the way down to the trailer,” Jones stated. “[The mule] did a few jumps, a little bit buck after which he took off like bat out of hell. I imply there was a banshee on his tail.”

Jones determined leaping off the mule, Blackjack, was a greater possibility than getting dragged alongside the sharp rocks of the mountainside. He broke his shoulder, a rib, fractured his again and needed to get staples on his head.

He stated his pal took him to the hospital. Whereas Jones was on his manner, the group stated the drone got here again.

“It was like ‘oh effectively you understand it was a drone and it was an opportunity encounter… blah blah blah! “When the drone got here again, now it is now not an opportunity encounter. It is intentional.”

Jones stated he doesn’t know who flew the drone, whether or not it was malicious or curiosity however he desires drone pilots to avoid all horseback riders.

“The factor about drones is that they sound similar to bees. As a result of bees and horse do not combine… that is why drones are so excessive on the notice scale for animals,” Jones stated. “[We need] to teach drone customers that we’re on the market. We would like everybody to benefit from the trails however we have now to get alongside in a peaceable manner. Drone actions have penalties. They don’t seem to be only a innocent toy.”

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