Devon and Cornwall police are considering using drones as a way to monitor badger cull protesters in the South West.
It follows a rise in tension between activists and officers after the cull zone was expanded.
In an email to protesters seen by The Guardian, a police officer described how the force would use drones “where intelligence dictates.”
The decision could be made after the police saw a rise in crime from protesters in some cull zone areas.
According to the report by The Guardian, protesters had responded in saying they would not be put off and the move would not prevent them from being active in their attempt to stop the killing of badgers.
Andrea White, a spokeswoman for Devon County Hunt Saboteurs, said: “This escalation in police activity to monitor us with drones comes as no surprise. But whatever they throw at us, we will remain in the field throughout the entire cull, doing what we have always done: saving the lives of badgers.”