The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.
The National Park Service issued a statement Friday reminding visitors that federal regulations actually ban the use of unmanned aircraft within the park’s boundaries.
Yet that hasn’t stopped drone sightings from becoming a nearly daily occurrence in one of the nation’s most venerated national parks in recent years.
“There has been an increasing use of the drones just because they are more prevalent on the market,” said Scott Gediman, a park ranger, adding, “It’s a new toy.”
The drones can often be seen buzzing loudly near waterfalls, above meadows or over treetops as guests use them to capture otherwise impossible-to-get photographs of the breathtaking landscape.