Target: Jim Reed, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust
Goal: Praise the use of wildlife decoys for catching poachers.
We are all well aware of the poaching that occurs in places such as Africa, Asia, and across the oceans, and the lengths we go to to put an end to it. But how aware are you of the illegal hunting that takes place in our own backyard? The Humane Society says that there are as many animals killed illegally as there are legally. Recently two men in Maryland were banned from hunting after they shot a deer on state land. But instead of a successful hunt, the men fell prey to the newest tactic for catching illegal hunters: robotic wildlife.
These decoys are made from the hides of animals bought legally from taxidermists, and then are placed over robots in the shape of the animals that are often hunted. These decoys are placed in the wild and are staged where animals are often hunted illegally. Police officers then wait out of sight with a remote control in hand, moving the animal’s head and legs to mimic a live animal. These decoys are very expensive, and Jim Reed of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust has made a practice of donating these decoys to anti-poaching agencies. Support this innovative way of catching poachers by praising Jim Reed for helping to put an end to illegal hunting in the United States.
Dear Mr. Reed,
As you know, poaching is not just a problem in Africa; we have our own poaching in the United States. Every year, hunters in the United States kill the same amount of animals illegally as they do legally. I am glad to note that a new tactic has been devised to help put an end to illegal hunting in the U.S. using robotic decoys, and I want to thank you for the role you have played in getting this new technology on the ground.
These decoys have helped law enforcement apprehend those who hunt illegally, whether they are in the wrong place, in the wrong season, or otherwise hunting illegally, saving many animals’ lives in the process. Thank you for donating so many of these decoys to our law enforcement agencies.
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Photo Credit: Forest and Star