Surprise for rangers: bear takes 400 'selfies' on camera in Colorado park
Park rangers in Colorado were in for a funny surprise after they checked nine cameras in the reserve. The edition told in more detail Fox News.
Employees of the Colorado Office of Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) placed cameras on a 46-acre (000 ha) site for research purposes.
They found that some of the bears had a real photo shoot, in particular, one of them was caught on a camera trap.
Of the 580 photographs taken, 400 were bear "selfies" of one of the bears.
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Open Space and Mountain Parks senior ecologist Will Keely said camera traps are a research tool for parks.
“Motion-detection cameras give us a unique opportunity to learn more about how native species use the surrounding landscape while minimizing human presence in habitats,” he explained.
Keely noted that the cameras help park staff recommend measures to protect the habitat.
Cameras work in a very simple way: when an animal steps in front of the lens, a photograph is taken. However, one particular bear has been caught hundreds of times.
OSMP wildlife ecologist Christian Nunez said cameras are strategically placed throughout the wilderness to capture some of that wildlife.
Recently, a bear discovered a wildlife camera that we use to monitor wildlife throughout #bouldering open space. Of the 580 photos captured, about 400 were bear selfies. 🤣 Read more about we use wildlife cameras to observe sensitive wildlife habitats. https://t.co/1hmLB3MHlU pic.twitter.com/714BELWK6c
— BoulderOSMP (@boulderosmp) -
“Sometimes we set up cameras in places where we think we will encounter mysterious fauna, such as American beavers or black bears,” he said.
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Cameras are often placed where animals usually like to pass.
At night, they use infrared light to take photos without disturbing wildlife. This particular bear had 400 shots taken.
According to the OSMP, some animal species are almost never seen by city residents or park staff.
“These cameras help us find out what kind of animals actually live here and what they do during the day, week or even years,” concluded Keely.
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