The PBS Newshour recently had a segment featuring RESOLVE, a US non profit group trying to prevent human-elephant conflict by using drones. The small drones, meant to sound like a swarm of bees, seem to prevent elephants from entering crop fields.
A local man explained, “There is no animal we hate here more than elephants. The elephants destroy our food. Children sleep hungry. Sometimes you cultivate acres, only to find out the elephants have eaten them all.”
RESOLVE hopes that by preventing elephant crop destruction, locals will no longer despise elephants. The locals will then be less likely to accept work as poachers and more likely to work with authorities when asked whether poachers are in the area.