Posts tagged: trail cams
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Enjoy an intimate family moment with grizzly bears attracted to a scratching pole by some sort of powerful lure, a bruin's equivalent of ecstasy.
The video starts slow and builds to a frenzy of rubbing. Fun.
Compiled into a video called “What goes on when you are not there!” this camera wound up snapping a bonanza of photos.
Naylor says he doesn’t want the photos to give people the wrong impression about bears in general. Although the footage is cute and humorous, he says, “bears are not cuddly and friendly, they are wild animals that should be treated with caution and respect.”
See Naylor's YouTube channel.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Trail cams are opening our eyes to rarely seen intimate lives of reclusive animals.
There's no better example than the photo above of four cougars in Montana — likely a mother an her three adult-size offspring.
Drew Shearer, a Bitterroot Valley bowhunter, has been using a remote motion-detecting camera to scout for game in his hunting areas. Inadvertently, he's captured this photo and many other astonishing images of wildlife in the Sapphire Mountains that make even professional wildlife photographers lick their chops.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — About 100 motion-activated cameras scattered across an 8,600-acre Montana mountainside ranch are documenting a wealth of wildlife activity, including images confirming that Western spotted skunks — rare in Montana — have found a home about 10 miles south of Missoula.
The cameras, some of which transmit wirelessly to a ranch video specialist, are pretty good at documenting poachers, too.
WILDLIFE RESEARCH — Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week.
The photo comes from a bait station set up by Idaho Fish and Game, which is partnering on the research with Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.
Note the black tufts on the tips of the ears, and the huge furry feet that give it snowshoe-like buoyancy on the snow. The winter track of a lynx looks as though a powder puff has been dabbed in the snow.
See more bait station photos of the lynx as well as of the volunteers and other critters visiting the bait stations — on the Wolverine Study Facebook Page.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Montana wildlife biologists are sharing this collection of research camera videos featuring black and grizzly bears at bait stations — showing off some of their moves.
See martens, bobcats, volunteer helpers — and even a wolverine — in the group's wolverine research Facebook photo album.
The hare in the photo above normally wouldn't be able to go eyeball to eyeball with the camera mounted up on the trunk of a tree, but winter winds drifted snow into a viewing platform.
Some readers viewed the mystery close-up photo (left) and guessed “rabbit.” Close, but not correct.
Read on for the differences between “hares” and “rabbits.”
DEER HUNTING — Hot weather and a brief cooling trend followed by record or near-record hot weather greeted archery hunters out for the opening of whitetail hunting seasons the past week in western states.
Then came the full moon: Deer activity really slowed for hunters.
The change in weather should get the action back in gear.
Although the velvet seems to peel off most bucks around Sept. 1, hunters are seeing some major differences in antler appearance.
In northeastern Washington, Kevin Scheib saw two nice bucks while scouting over the weekend: One was all rubbed clean, the other still had velvet hanging off his rack, he said.
A little farther south, Brandon Enevold has had plenty of action near his stands as well as at his trail cams as bucks continue to be in summer feeding patterns.
The night of Sept. 6, he snapped photo documentation (above) of two bucks, one in full velvet and the other with a bone-clean rack.
“I'll be letting both of these bucks grow for another year or two,” he said, offering an explanation for his patience: “I passed up 10 bucks over Labor Day weekend and almost got a shot at a solid 140 incher.”
But he said the hot weather shut down his action last weekend. He's expecting that to change.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — “Not many deer sightings, yet,” said Kevin Scheib of Colville, offering a report on what he's been docmenting with motion-activated game cams he's set up at various spots in Stevens County.
“But I've been haveing troubles with my camera's. One has been stolen. Bears keep readjusting my settings and I had a four piont bull elk rubbing on one.
“But anytime in the woods is good times!”
The photos he shares today show a cow and calf moose as well as several bull elk passing in front of the same camera this month.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Bull elk are hanging out with the boys concentrating on being well fed and ready for the fall mating season.
Their antlers are in full-growth mode as the annual crop of velvet-covered boney material sprouts from their heads.
The remote trail cam photo above is one of several pictures made last month in northeastern Washington and recently retrieved by Kevin Scheib of Colville. In some cases, as many as three branch-antlered bulls show up in one photo.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — While nature seems to be wrapped up with producing this year's new crop of fawns, bucks are in the background quietly getting ready for the next mating season.
Daniel Haththorne's trail cam recorded this nice whitetail buck and its blooming rack of antlers. Hawhthorne has been watching the buck for two years and has photos of the buck with his mature rack from last fall.
In comparing notes with other hunters with trail cams, he notes that whitetail bucks in the low Spokane Valley seem to be a little more advanced in their anter growth than the bucks in velvet at higher elevations.
WILDLIFE — A trail cam photo that shows eight cougars in one frame (click “continue reading” below) has been going viral on Northwest websites and e-mail lists since a hunter shared it with friends on Christmas day.
As usual, not all the the information in the anonymous e-mails is correct.
But Wednesday, after tracking down the man who made the photos, and collaborating his info with wildlife biologists who looked into matter, the real story is even better than the made up stuff.
All the details are in my Thursday outdoors column. But first a few facts to dispell the misinformation in the circulating e-mails, of which I've received at least eight:
— The images are from a motion-activated camera a hunter placed on a private ranch near Moses Coulee northwest of Quincy.
—The cougars were not feeding on a carcass. No carcass was in the area.
“Cougars are notoriously territorial,” said Jon Gallie, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's biologist in Wenatchee. “Seeing eight in one spot is a wildlife jackpot.”