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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

So called "Game Wildlife Cameras" have become the rage of scientists, landowners and hunters..........Place enough cameras along game trails, near a natural water or food source and any creature passing in front of the infrared Game Camera has taken a "selfie"................Feeling it is less invasive than collaring animals to track them, Idaho's Wildlife Division employed 200 Trail Cameras in 2016 to monitor their Gray Wolf population.................In combination with scat and hair DNA analysis, the Trail Cameras are proving to be a very effective tool for biologists....................Similar successful utilization of Trail Cameras is taking place in the U.S Geological Survey's of wildlife from New England to Forida..................3.2 million photos have been collected from volunteer land owners which has helped researchers in assessing tends in the population and migration patterns of raptors, coyotes, gray foxes, bobcats and skunks

A Community of Camera Trappers
Credit: NYS PRHP/
In their early days, game cameras were marketed mostly to hunters looking to get a leg up in understanding the population of specific game species in their favorite (or secret) hunting areas. Landowners quickly took to the technology as a way to get a sneak peek on what’s really living out in or trespassing on their own woods. And it didn’t take long for scientists to catch on to the power of game cameras in conducting all sorts of wildlife-related research, not just on particular parcels but sometimes on a much larger landscape level. One example of the latter is the scavenger-related research being done by Todd Katzner of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center.
With the help of an organized network of citizen scientists who submit images from baited “camera-trapping” sites in their local areas, Katzner and fellow researchers have managed to collect data – and more than 3.2 million photographs – relating to eagles and other raptors and birds, not to mention a number of other animals including mammals such as grey foxes, coyotes, and even spotted skunk and bobcat attracted by the bait. This is a huge project, with cameras deployed from New England all the way south to Florida and from the mid-Atlantic states to the Midwest and beyond. With this massive amount of information, it has been possible to better understand big-picture issues, such as trends in the population and migration patterns of raptors. The game camera network has also provided visual evidence shedding light on specific research topics, like injuries and death to birds caused by porcupine quills.
From a scientific perspective, all of this game camera footage represents a research bonanza. For those who are just interested in seeing a wide swath of wildlife in ways that are rarely possible up-close and in-person, the collection of photos is just plain fascinating. Here is just a small sampling of images from Katzner’s camera-trapping network, these featuring birds in flight – something that’s often missed with ground-focused game cameras. (Thanks to Todd Katzner for sharing some background on each of these shots.)

Biologist changing way wolves are tracked:

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has hired a new wildlife biologist, specializing in carnivores, who will help the agency transition from monitoring wolf populations using radio collars to using scat analysis and remote cameras.
John O'Connell
Capital Press
Published on December 4, 2015

Bushnell Wildlife Trail Camera

                       Gray Wolves               "snapped" on Wildlife Trail Camera

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