Remote Wildlife Cameras
Carnivores Captured in Park
Due to the difficulty of direct observation, the park began a pilot study using remote cameras in the winter of 2002. Remote cameras were on 24 hours a day. These cameras have an infrared motion sensor that is activated by heat and movement within 100 feet, which then triggers the camera to take a picture. To entice carnivores to come near the camera we set out bait such as road killed deer or elk and lures.
Six cameras were set up during winter 2002 when more carnivores are down at lower elevations. Tracks in the snow helped us determine if the cameras were working properly. During the summer, cameras were moved to mountain passes and remote springs.
Remote cameras take compelling photos
Did You Know?
There are 48 miles of perennial streams, and over 400 springs in the South Snake Range, home to Great Basin National Park. Over 75% of wildlife species are dependent upon these riparian areas for food, water, and cover at some stage of their life cycles.