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Description and evaluation of a remote camera and triggering system to monitor carnivores

January 1, 2001

Remotely triggered cameras have been used in many ecological studies, but most are relatively inexpensive one-time-only systems or expensive infrared systems. We describe the setup and wiring technique for a moderately priced, multiple-photo camera system. Two study areas, California and Vermont, were used to assess usefulness of the camera system. Although some target carnivore species were photographed regularly, visitation rates of other carnivores were low, due either to low population densities or camera shyness. Cameras generally worked well under all conditions, but the pressure-plate triggering devices sometimes became inoperable during heavy rains. Other camera activation systems may reveal additional uses for this remote camera system.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2001
Title Description and evaluation of a remote camera and triggering system to monitor carnivores
Authors E.C. York, T.L. Moruzzi, T.K. Fuller, J.F. Organ, R.M. Sauvajot, R.M. DeGraaf
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Wildlife Society Bulletin
Index ID 70023434
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse