It doesn’t have to be April 1 for this bear to fool someone! Invented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Robo Bear” looks and acts like a 300-pound bear, twitching its tail and moving its head. But law enforcement officers are hiding in the bushes, operating the bear by remote control. “Robo Bear looks so real that one guy even took pictures of it,” said wildlife officer Donald Jenkins.
BEAR TRAP Police hope the look-alike will fool hunters, too. Killing a bear is a felony in Florida, so shooting Robo Bear could cost poachers a hefty fine or jail time. That’ll really give them something to growl about!
Text by Robin Terry
Photograph by Jeanninebryan, Dreamstime
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