For many years, robotic wildlife has been used as a honeytrap, catching poachers for violating hunting rules. In the latest case, a man was arrested after shooting a mechanical deer from a Florida road. He faces a $2,500 fine and a year in prison for dual infractions: hunting out of season and discharging a firearm from the roadway.
As Vice reports, using mechanical animals in this way has been an extremely successful tactic for law enforcement. The animals can be remotely controlled to move their tail, ears, or head, adding to the realism, and can take as many as 1,000 shots before requiring replacement. In a Vice video, Custom Robotic Wildlife, a company that produces such decoys, explains how and why they're so effective.
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