Could Japanese Robotic Wolves be Coming to Colorado to Protect Us From Bears?
While repopulating Colorado's number of live wolves helps with the state's ecosystem, bringing in "robot" wolves could help in other ways.
As we've become more and more used to the idea of AI and those "creepy" life-like robots from Boston Dynamic being a part of our environment, is it far-fetched to think that Colorado could see these wolf-scarecrows?
In 2022, there were over 4,000 reports of bear-human sightings and conflicts, a statistic that continues to rise through the years. Could the use of technology in areas of Colorado bring those numbers down?
There has been a lot of talk recently about how Colorado is going out of its way to get more gray wolves into the state. According to the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, there are many ways that wolves help the ecosystem, including:
- When the prey runs from the wolves, their hooves aerate the soil. The soil then retains water better, and the grasses grow stronger and taller.
- The elk and deer can’t stay in one place with predators around, so the grasses, aspens, and willow aren’t overgrazed.
- There’s no need for ranchers to fear wolves. They are not evil animals with unbridled appetites.
WHAT ARE THESE ROBOTIC WOLVES THAT JAPAN HAS?
They're called Super Monster Wolves by the Wolf Kamuy company in Japan. "Kamuy" translates into "spirits," which makes sense when attached to these giant robotic wolves.
Not only have Japanese farms been introducing these Super Monster Wolves to protect their crops from wild boars, but they are also being set up to keep bears away from populated areas.
The giant wolf robots emit a "wolf-like" sound that goes out about a half-mile, and bears do not care for it.
Add in that there's a GIANT wolf emitting the noise and lights ... I'd be "out of there," too.
So, it's not "hair-brained" to say that a robotic wolf, similar to Super Monster Wolf, could be coming to Colorado neighborhoods.
They would keep bears from interacting with humans, which not only helps keep humans safe but also helps the bears.
The more a bear becomes used to humans and human food, the more likely that the bear will be tracked and put down. With this kind of device, many Coloradans — and Colorado bears — would be safer.
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