Tasers are more accessible to the public than tranquilizers. There is actually a market for animal stun guns for those who fear attack by large animals. Consequently a taser works faster than a tranquilizer so it is useful for a person like a cop to subdue an animal with it. I’ve attached an article about a police man in Australia who subdued an attacking pit bull with one. It does not seem humane, but I must say it seems preferable to the death of an animal.
The Taser Wildlife ECD (electronic control device) was designed as an extension of Taser technology to help larger animals in the efforts of animal control and rescues. It’s a safer alternative to incapacitate large animals than previous methods of animal control. In Oregon, rescuers used the Taser on an elk caught in a barbed wire fence in order to get close enough to remove it from the barbed wire. Once freed, the elk ran off, apparently unharmed (besides the damage the barbed wire did).
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began studying the use of Taser on animals when one of their technicians and a state trooper attempted to rescue two trapped moose calves. The mother wouldn’t let the trooper get close enough to help, so he used his Taser to stun the animal, buying him enough time to save the calves.
The wildlife Taser shoots metal darts up to 35 feet and delivers a 20,000 volt pulse of electricity, temporarily causing loss of muscle control in the animal. It is preferred over tranquilizers because they contain Telazol, which can be damaging if too much is administered. There is a concern, however, that wildlife Tasers may fall into the wrong hands and are at risk of being used for abusive purposes.
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