Decoys Help Utah Nab Violators Who Hunt At Night

Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources has five robotic deer. They're placed near highways at night and they mimic deer movements. But the deer don't drop when shot. Instead, an officer emerges to seize the violator's gun.

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Utah forbids hunting at night, but some people can't resist. So the state uses a trap to lure violators. The Division of Wildlife Resources has five robotic deer. They're placed near highways at night. They mimic deer movements. But like the monster in a Halloween nightmare, the deer don't drop when shot. Instead, an officer emerges to seize your gun. A similar decoy in Georgia had to be replaced after being shot more than 1,000 times. It's MORNING EDITION.

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