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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Three Bears Part 2

Three Bears, Part 2 from Chris Wemmer on Vimeo.

I checked the camera only 9 hours after the bears had decamped, and the place looked different. The vegetation was trampled, the boulder was missing most of its moss, and there was bear dung.

I never expected bears to camp in front of a trail camera, but every now and then your camera is in the right place at the right time and the animals tell you things you didn't know.


Woody Meristem said...

Great video! It was interesting to see Momma rake the leaves away before she lay down, presumably that was to get closer to the cool earth. She was no exception to the tendency of female bears to be tolerant of cubs' antics -- including landing on her head. Again, well done sir.

dtdytdy said...

I am curious what kind of cameras you are using. I just got into trail cameras and I am having massive problems with the quality
and way too many accidental triggers.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Thanks, Woody. Bears are just plain fun to watch.

Dtdytdy -- That camera was a Browning Recon Force Extrems. You might want to join Camtrapper.com for information from and discussions with camera trappers of all stripes. Sunlight on the camera sensor, breezes in warm weather, sunny reflections on water, or movement of the tree your camera is strapped to -- they can all cause false triggers.

Dtdytdy said...

Thanks! I actually found you on camtrapper. I live in Southern CA and here everything is very dry so there is almost always
something moving in the wind which then triggers the camera all the time. I am looking into active triggers that have two beams so you can control the behavior better but it seems none of the trail cameras have an input for a trigger so I would have to make a custom build. Lots to learn...