Robotic deer aim to minimize after-hour hunting

Robotic deer used to trap poachers

Animal poachers continue to be a problem across the globe, including in the United States, as hunting becomes more popular among individuals. In Salt Lake City, hunting after hours is becoming a growing, and dangerous, problem. As an attempt to lower the number of poachers and issue citations for those that disobey the law, engineers in the robotics industry have created robotic deer to mimic the movements of real dear, according to the Huffington Post.

Government officials around the nation have been using machines like this to help uphold the law. Several of the deer have needed to be replaced since they have been shot more than 1,000 times.

"It's a time of year when some [Utah residents] can't resist the sight of a big buck on the side of the road – even if shooting hours are over for the day," Amy Canning, a spokeswoman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, told the news source.

The law states that hunting is not allowed between 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.

Government officials will often set up the robotic deer in an area where the animals are commonly seen and camp out in a bush nearby that is out of danger and sight. These officials will wait until someone comes to shoot the deer, whether with a bow or a gun, until they expose themselves. To make the deer look as life-like as possible, the trap-setters will robotically move the machine's tail and head to mimic the motions of a real animal, the news source reported.

No matter what hunting device is used, the hunters will be charged with a class B misdemeanor and be punished with a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Not only does shooting deer on the side of the road potentially land individuals in jail, but it also negatively impacts the hunting community as a whole.

"If somebody gets caught shooting the deer from the road, it ruins their reputation as a hunter," Lieutenant Bill Bruce of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources told the news source. “Their name goes up on the wall of shame among local hunters."

Advancements in the robotics industry have been able to help law enforcement officials in a number of ways. In Wilmington, North Carolina, officials had a machine break a window during a gunfight to ensure that nobody got hurt, according to the Star News. With robotics becoming more prevalent among law enforcement, fewer individuals are likely to be injured in dangerous situations and the law can be upheld.

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