Monday, November 21, 2005

Robot turkey attracts Poachers

The strutting tom in the woods looks real enough, but this turkey works for the state. He's a robotic decoy on an undercover mission to catch poachers in Lampasas County.
Now there's a new player in the high-tech wildlife war that game wardens wage on the back roads across Texas.
Game Warden Jim Lindeman hid across the road from the decoy, hoping to lure a passing outlaw.

“We sit out here hundreds and hundreds of hours and you might get one person to do something. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. We can replace the decoys; we can't replace the living animal. I think it's worth it,” Lindeman said.

There are no takers for the decoy turkey today, and Lindeman gets restless with the total lack of activity, but that means the operation to prevent illegal hunting is working.

Related: Robducks cause flap in Oregon


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