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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.

Friday, March 21, 2008

You never know who's gonna show

Last September an Austrian camera trapper got a surprise. The gentleman, who monitors wildlife at his feeding station near the town of Rotenturm checked his camera and found images of some rather unexpected and unsavory visitors. If you read German the story is here.

The visitors were a couple of burglers who were seeking a quiet place to break open a stolen safe. In darkness they dragged the loot into a small clearing in the woods where our nature lover's infrared camera trap was waiting. The jokers were center stage and the camera recorded the crime together with images of their vehicle, including the license plate.

They were apprehended based on the camera trap evidence.

I am sure the camera trapper would have preferred publicity about images of non-human wildlife. But you never know who is going to show up in front of a camera trap.

Thanks to Wolfgang Schleidt for bringing this story to my attention.

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