December 26th, 2006
A Wisconsin company is producing robotic deer to assist game wardens in shutting down out-of-season hunting:
After a while, a truck drives by, stops, then backs up. The deer turns its head towards the vehicle, and a rifle barrel emerges from the driver's window. A shot breaks the silence. As the ricochet dies away, two game wardens leap from the brush, surprising the poacher. "Game warden!" they yell, "Put the gun on the ground, put the gun on the ground!"
Amidst the commotion, the deer stands unfazed. You can't rattle a robo-deer, but you can be arrested for shooting one.
Colonel Jeff Gray of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reports his officers have made nearly 50 arrests this year using decoys. "It's an effective tool." So effective, he's become a regular customer of Custom Robotic Wildlife. Besides the deer, he's also ordered six robo-turkeys from the company.
I was a little disappointed that RoboDeer just stands there and gets shot at: I was hoping it would at least shoot back.
In the light of today's news stories about the ongoing battle between pro- and anti-foxhunting campaigners, I wonder if Custom Robotic Wildlife have considered developing a RoboFox for the export market?