Park Service says drones could disturb wildlife


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FAIRBANKS (AP) — A spokeswoman for the National Park Service in Alaska says the state doesn't have a lot of experience with drones but there are concerns about how they could affect people and wildlife.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis on Friday directed park superintendents to ban unmanned aircraft in parks.

Alaska spokeswoman Morgan Warthin told KUAC-FM that the agency's primary goal is to protect park resources and ensure visitor safety while providing them with a rich experience.

She says the agency has concerns about the negative impact of unmanned aircraft.

Denali National Park spokeswoman Kris Fister says a recent Internet post shows a drone flying out over an enclosure for nesting mew gulls. She says that was a case with high potential for disturbing wildlife or people watching it.

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