Remote cameras are used world-wide to address a variety of research and management objectives for elusive wildlife species. They are an effective tool for investigating wildlife behaviour, as well as documenting species presence. They can take photos as well as videos, and in the night pictures are taken with a silent infrared, so animals are not scared.
A total of 10 automatic cameras equipped with motion detectors are mounted at different places, mainly at ungulate supplemental feeding sites, to identify the species at the baits and monitor their patterns of bait use. Automatic cameras gather basic information on the species present, date and time spent at baits, duration of feeding bouts, number of individuals and inter- and intra-specific interactions.
Some of the automatic cameras are mounted also at natural bear foods occurring at very specific locations frequented by bears, like carcasses, patches of cherry trees and old orchards, for a comparison between artificial and natural resource use patterns. We also set some of automatic cameras in combination with both baited hair traps and naturally-occurring bear rubs to monitor their use by bears and to link hair samples to a given sex/age class of bear.
To watch some of the photos taken by our automatic cameras, click here.