13 Oct '11, 5pm

Can Robotic Deer Used To Catch Poachers Be Scaled Up for Endangered Species?

Can Robotic Deer Used To Catch Poachers Be Scaled Up for Endangered Species?

Robo-deer have been a strategy for catching hunters who shoot at animals after the season has ended. Deer are set up along roadsides just waiting for the tempted hunter to take a shot. They're robotic so that nearby wildlife officials can move the head or tail remotely to make it look more lifelike. And they work. This line from an article on Chron.com cracked me up: "A robotic deer decoy used in Georgia had to be replaced in 2006 after being shot more than 1,000 times." Poor robo-deer. Indeed, wildlife officials note that poachers are becoming more wary not only because they might get arrested, but because if they're caught they'll be humiliated for being so lame as to shoot at a deer from the road. But if it's that effective at catching poachers in the act, I'm curious about how effective robotic decoys can be for other species that are impacted by poaching. With robotic...

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