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Life Explained's Division of Scientific Research, Travel and Tourism, and Wildlife Resource Management wondered if there were any other surprising examples of the use of tools as a means to an end in nature. What they found was surprising.
There were several cases, researched and documented, of men, camouflaging themselves in huge, expensive boats, and tossing shiny, pointy feather covered metal bits tied to a thin plastic rope in the water in an effort to catch fish. Often, this requires coolers full of beer, and boxes full of exorbitantly priced gear, and gasoline, and cursing, and baking under an unforgiving sun wearing only swim trunks, and a middle aged belly. Sometimes whole weekends will be swallowed by the process. There are rumors of a few lucky souls who have managed to get a fish into the boat, but there is no proof at this point.
Also, they found proof of men, dressing in forest patterns, covering their face with greasy paint and trompinfg off into snow covered woods, and hiding in little forts built along rivers, armed with huge, expensive weapons, trying desperately to shoot a bird to death. They have devices to make noise that sound like birds, and they use this to draw them in, and then in a scene reminiscent of the St. Valentines Day Massacre they jump from their place of concealment and blast the livin' bejesus out of the birds. Sometimes it works, but reports indicate that it is mostly futile.
As is plain to see, birds and fish are crafty, evasive animals, and capturing or killing one is an expensive, time consuming proposition. How they get caught so often by dumb animals is beyond us.