Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Robo-Moose

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife now have a robotic elk to add to their collection of decoys. In Oregon, it is a Class-A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year in jail or a sizable fine) to hunt at night or during the off-season, yet it remains an issue. Many hunters use techniques such as "spotlighting" to stun wildlife before shooting it - and, being aware of the decoys, many wait for signs of movement before firing. The robotic elk is a top-shelf decoy which led to some 143 citations.

The $4000 robot was donated by the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. Oregon Fish & Wildlife has a few robotic deer, too.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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