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Another, less-nefarious (than military exercises), option: animal surveys[1].

> Another benefit of drones over current methods is that the industrial grade drones offer thermal or infrared technology, which means surveys could be done at night, when deer are typically more active

[1] https://www.ckwri.tamuk.edu/news-events/tpwd-joins-ckwri-stu...




I believe this is the most reasonable answer. This is purely speculative, but it is a temporal chain of events.

If you look back (web) for Robert Bigelow and NIDS, Colm Kelleher, prions, surveillance, etc. ... you'll find (pre-Skinwalker) a report by NIDS that concluded cattle mutilations were a covert surveillance for prions, present in cattle as "mad cow disease" (note Britain and BSE epidemic).

http://www.lesconfins.com/RapportNIDS2.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopat...

Prions -- infectious, pathological (fatal with no cure), virtually indestructible, naturally-occurring proteins - are present in wild game as chronic wasting disease. Do any search on game hunting, annual reports ... and there's much discussion on CWD, deer, elk ... There are also numerous governmental websites / reports on prion prevalence in domestic / game populations.

Aerial surveillance -- infrared at night -- is a facile approach to tracking game populations ...

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25443854

Again highly speculative, but the incidence maps for cattle mutilations / prion prevalence / those mystery drone sightings overlap.

Cattle mutilations:

http://www.ufonut.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/mute_map.jp...

https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/screen-s...

https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP._9db02KOHWEJuvkVTsauiwHaFS

Prions:

https://www.usgs.gov/media/images/distribution-chronic-wasti...

Drones:

https://www.earthfiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/DroneM...

https://cbsnews3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2020/01/07/8dd58f1c-...

Given the potential risk to domestic herds, humans, and economies (and the consequences of rumor and panic), it makes sense that these events connect as clandestine, molecular epidemiology surveillance efforts.




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