Utah poachers beware! Robo-deer is here

Sep 3 2011 - 7:48am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Nighttime deer poachers beware -- that shadowy creature on the roadside may just be remote-controlled.

State wildlife officials are rolling out robot decoys to nab unscrupulous hunters, deploying them along roadways where deer gather or where poachers have been a problem.

Hunting is not allowed at night, but authorities say the sight of big deer on the side of a road can just be too tempting for some.

Sgt. Matt Briggs of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says the robot decoys are put in place, and authorities hide nearby. When a passerby takes a shot, authorities pounce.

The shooters are issued a class B misdemeanor citation, punishable by up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.


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