Good traps—four of our favorite remote camera shots
Posted by on October 23, 2014

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you already know that as environmental writers and editors we admire wildlife photography.

Field cameras—which have gotten more reliable, can also capture thousands of photographs, and hold a battery charge longer—often reveal a glimpse into the habits and beauty of wild animals that we’d otherwise never see. The “camera traps” also can help spread awareness of conservation efforts, and can even help address poaching. Recently, we’ve been impressed by the following shots captured by remote trap cameras set up by researchers and wildlife officials, from the forests of Oregon to the high-altitude dessert of India’s Spiti Valley to Florida’s wetlands.

A remote camera captured this shot of OR-7 in eastern Jackson County, Oregon, on USFS land:

Remote-sensor cams deployed in a Himalayan valley at altitudes of up to 5,000 meters helped ecologists gather data on one of the world’s most furtive animals–the snow leopard:

Florida Fish and Wildlife’s camera’s show wildlife doing what they do, including this bear just resting in the wetlands:


And one of FWC’s cams also captured this gator vs. raccoon. They believe the racoon got away—barely!

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  • Photo by Tyler Malone