Without Words (Bearly)

The trail cams have been hard at work.  Here are just a few of the many bear photos that have been taken.  There have been at least five different bears photographed by the trail cams this year (over 100 photos).  All from this late spring and early summer.

Curious

Adjusting the camera settings, self portrait by bear!

Wildramblings.com August 2013

  • Montucky

    It’s so good to see them! The last one looks like a beauty!
    I may have to try using a trail cam. I’ve seen bear sign on every trail that I’ve hiked this year, although not a lot, but I’ve seen just one bear so far. I see where a mother Griz roughed up some people in Yellowstone this morning. I have not yet seen any grizzly sign although I’ve been in several areas where they live.

  • http://www.wildramblings.com Wild_Bill

    If you are in heavily used bear territory make sure you use a bear cage or camera armor to protect the trail cam. Also use a lock to discourage user theft on land where there is public domain. Although you will seldom get the quality of photos that you are used to taking (I’ve gotten a few) you will get a whole new perspective on what’s out there and when.

    I teach trail camera workshops for evaluating wildlife habitat. There is a lot to know about aspect, reading trail sign, etc. Use all of you knowledge that you have acquired over the years from your wild adventures and you will do well.

  • Annie

    It must be fun getting the images from your camera, not knowing what you might see. Like unwrapping a present. Think I would be checking every day. Do you keep a journal on it’s sightings?

  • http://www.wildramblings.com Wild_Bill

    All the original photos are time and date stamped. If you visit the cameras every day you’d never get any photos, most wildlife can smell human scent even when you use products that neutralize scent. I visit them every couple of weeks and move them about once a month. Lots of fun.

  • shoreacres

    Ah- this explains that photo I couldn’t quite figure out. It’s the secret life of bears! Cams like this are such fun. There’s one I check every day that’s been mounted at a feeder in the woods. There are plenty of squirrels, raccoons, possums and deer, but every now and then something unusual shows up, like an armadillo or a dog. ;)
    It’s lighted at night, too – perhaps motion activated. Of course, seeing squirrels is no biggie – but the pleasure of seeing wildlife simply doing what they do isn’t to be denied, whether it’s a bear, a deer or whatever.

  • http://www.wildramblings.com Wild_Bill

    I use these both for fun and professionally as an aid in evaluating wildlife habitat and use. A wonderful use of technology no doubt!

  • Barbara

    Fabulous photographs Bill – what a wonderful thing technology can be. And that you teach people to use them… wow – what a useful bit of knowledge for anyone interested in wildlife and ecology. Thanks for showing us this amazing part of your world!

  • http://www.wildramblings.com Wild_Bill

    Thank you. Trail cameras are excellent for establishing what roams the woods. Although it isn’t as easy as it looks and sometimes takes both patience and a lot of flexibility in terms of trying new places and techniques. It is brings me pleasure, that is for sure!

  • Guy

    Hi Bill

    These are great, sadly our trail camera gave up the ghost within a few days of putting it out and we lost a winter’s worth of potential shots. Can you tell me what brands you would recommend.

    Thanks Guy

  • http://www.wildramblings.com Wild_Bill

    Mostly I use Bushnell Trophy cams because they are rock solid, small and portable, are easy, easy on the batteries, and they take good photos. I also have a Spypoint that takes wonderful photos but is a little tricky. One Spypoint failed and they did replace it no questions asked. Cuddebacks have lightning quick trigger speed, area a bit pricey, but users claim worth every single dollar. The most important thing is putting them up in the right place, of course.

  • Teresa Evangeline

    These are wonderful! I have to resubscribe , as I no longer get a heads up when you’ve posted. :(

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