I set my game camera up for two months in my driveway while I was in Alaska for two months guiding brown bear viewing trips for Natural Habitat. When I returned I was able to see all of the wildlife that used this corridor. I was most excited to have captured two different individual bobcats- one big male and one that looks like a smaller female. Check it out!
Other animals shown are many white tailed deer, the back end of a huge male wild boar, an armadillo, a cottontail rabbit, a few raccoons, numerous coyotes and a lone crow. The two animals I was hoping to film but did not make an appearance were black bear and cougar. The reason I set the camera in this location was because I spotted a cougar crossing the road in this location a few weeks before I left.
I remember when motion activated cameras became a tool for wildlife research in the 1990’s. Biologists used them to discover the presence of grizzly bears returning to Montana’s Bitteroot Mountains, and now they are a common tool to monitor rare elusive wildlife. I have used game cameras many times over the years in Alaska, Borneo and the Himalayas to capture a variety of wildlife. Here are some of my other creations:
Game cameras, or camera traps are now inexpensive (less than 100 dollars), very reliable, and easy to use. They are invaluable tools for wildlife conservation. Click here to read about how they are being used in Himalayas for snow leopard research. I encourage you guys to give them a try in your yard, or a wild area near your home and I am sure you will surprised what happens when you aren’t there.
Keep exploring! Brad