Texas game wardens get search and rescue drone, based in Temple

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 18:24:49-05

(KXXV/AP) - The Texas Parks and Wildlife announced the acquisition of a camera-equipped drone that will be used for search and rescue missions, according to AP.

The drone will be based in Temple, but available for deployment statewide. 

An agency statement says the drone was donated through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation's Gear Up for Game Wardens.

The program has generated more than $100,000 in private funds to buy specialized equipment.

The drone has a maximum speed of nearly 60 mph (96 kph) and a range of 4 miles (6 kilometers).

Spokesman Steve Lightfoot said the department has several other drones, for media productions and wildlife mapping and census collection. This is the first Parks & Wildlife drone dedicated to search and rescue.

The following video shows how the drone will work. 

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