Florida is using a robotic deer to capture off-season hunters. According to this article the hunters can tell the difference, but attack it anyway. One guy even shot at it several times and missed.
Fish and Wildlife as well as other conservation agencies have been using various forms of these decoys since 1995. Their first was a carboard cut-out covered with burlap. Yes, it worked.
As the poachers began to catch on, however, the deer had to look a bit more realistic, so they moved up to 3-D archery targets, then to radio controlled versions that flicked their tails, etc.
Often referred to as "Timex" ('cus they take a lickin' and keep on tickin'), these decoys have helped catch countless poachers in the act and are now being used for other species as well (Elk, Bear, Moose, etc...).
The next generation of these law enforcement tools will be even more realistic, going so far as to "breathe".
One guy even shot at it several times and missed.
Actually, he shot at it several times and *hit*. It just didn't drop, so his partner kept razzing him about missing =^.^=.
What we need for situations like this is shiny steel armour and glowing red eyes under the surface layer };>. Or weapons to return fire with =^.^=. Either would at the very least scare the crap out of the hunters.
I know this is probably a bit pointless but why are they worried about poachers hitting deer even in the off season, when according to a recent Discover article, either in March or Febuary we have too much deer to begin with. The article points out that most of the nation has the "bambi" syndrome and that the deer are causing rises in traffic accidents and insurance claims for damage, moving into suburban areas due to lack of food, and because of the lack of food issue causing many plants to become endanged or extinct, which is causing other animals that depend on those plants to suffer.
I know this is probably a bit pointless but why are they worried about poachers hitting deer even in the off season, when according to a recent Discover article, either in March or Febuary we have too much deer to begin with.
My take on it? It's a "respect for the law" issue. Rules have been made that say "don't shoot that", and they're shooting it anyways. Send a message that this is ok, and you render ineffective the "don't hunt X" laws that do make sense.
So, I'm cheering on the Robo-Bambi crew }:>.
In a lot of cases the robo-deer are set up to catch those hunters who illegally shoot from public roads rather than to nab out of season hunters.
Captain; Webship Corwinda
So in other words it is like a speed trap for hunters. Actually I wouldn't be surprised if those they picked up from this were speeding away from the scene of the crime. I understand about the laws that say don't hunt X out of season but that article does point out that those same laws should be loosen a bit and in the same sense we still have too many deer they are getting sick as well spreading their own version of hoof and mouth disease according to the article. If anyone wants to look it up and possibly read it, the article is in the March 2003 issue of Discover magazine.
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