Collars raise alarm when tusker poachers fire shot

Jun 14, 2017, 7:54 AM EDT
(Source: Megan Coughlin/flickr)
(Source: Megan Coughlin/flickr)

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and Colorado State University have developed a new technique to tame elephant poachers. The team has engineered sensor-laden tracking collars that send alert to wildlife officials when poachers shoot at the elephants.

The technology, known as WIPER, picks the acoustic signals when a high-powered weapon is fired and transmits information such as GPS coordinates to a linked office, writes New Atlas.

The technology can detect shockwaves even if silencer is used while firing, giving the officials an edge over poachers who have been using sound-muffling devices to operate secretly, writes Tree Hugger.