Poachers Beware: Robotic Deer May Be Wandering the Woods, Searching for You

BURLINGTON, Wash. – Poachers might desire to think twice the next time they line up an animal in their crosshairs– states throughout the country are utilizing robotic deer, bear, elk, grouse and other animals to fight prohibited hunting.In Washington state, for example, the imposter animals released by the Department of Fish and Wildlife are not simply simple decoys– they’re realistic, made with real animal pelts and controlled by a remote control. The legs flex, the heads turn and the tails wag.Robots, essentially.”They appear real,”stated WDFW Sgt. Shawnn Vincent, showing KCPQ the deer decoys used to capture hunters in Skagit County. “They have genuine deer hide on it.”The mechanical bait animals aren’t low-cost however, Jim Reed of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust informed the The Washington Post. The Humane Society trust contributes the decoys, which Reed said can cost as much as$ 2,000 for a deer and $5,000 for a bear, to busy– and typically cash-strapped– anti-poaching companies across the country.Often times, the deer decoys are utilized to catch hunters who are out after

managed hours. Searching is permitted from about 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout the Washington state open season, depending upon the month. Lots of poachers will head out after dark and use the spotlights on their car to momentarily blind the deer, making them slow to respond. This is a poaching strategy called spotlighting.It’s reliable, however prohibited. It’s also simple to area. Fish and wildlife officers will put the robot deer on the roadside, wag its tail, and wait for poachers.”We put(the decoys)on forest roads, anywhere individuals hunt,”Vincent said.The decoys are covered in real dear skin. The eyes radiance in the headlights. It’s only after a poacher shoots

the deer and it doesn’t move that the hunters understand something is incorrect.

“They understand something is up after they shoot,”Vincent said.Wildlife officers head out typically during the open season, which runs from September-November. Frequently, they do not get any poachers. A couple of times, several parties have shot the deer in one night.Six people were captured with the decoy deer this

season in Skagit County alone. Vincent stated lots of poachers have actually been captured throughout the state.Vincent stated decoys are a terrific method to keep a healthy big-game population.”Our populations-our deer, our elk, whatever in this state-

they’re not at the greatest right now,”Vincent said. “They have actually definitely been greater.” He sees punishing prohibited shooting as

a way to keep a harvest for the future.”Poaching and people heading out and taking these illegally, it’s eliminating from the youth, the kids, everybody else,” Vincent said. “This is just one way of combating that