Bobcat on the prowl at night
Bobcat on the prowl at night

During Anna’s naturalist training, she learned of an awesome Fort Collins project: unmanned wildlife cameras. These cameras are mounted to trees. Whenever they sense motion and heat, they snap a photo. Unmanned cameras let us peek into what’s happening in the middle of the night, during a snowstorm, or after we round the bend out of view.

Below are a few of our favorite images from these cameras. Big exciting wildlife like bears, bobcats, fox, coyote, and mountain lions are out there, they just prefer to hide when loud humans come walking down the trail. Note the time stamp on each photo. It’s cool to see when these animals are out and doing their thing – whether it’s hunting or playing.

Young deer bounding down the trail
Young deer bounding down the trail
Coyote in tall grass
Coyote in tall grass

Herd of elk in snow
Herd of elk in snow
Bear jumping over cub at water source
Bear jumping over cub at water source
Group of mountain lions
Group of mountain lions
Elk taking a bath
Elk taking a bath
Coyote and tracks in snow
Coyote and tracks in snow
Turkey with beautiful feathers
Turkey with beautiful feathers
Bobcat carrying a rabbit dinner
Bobcat carrying a rabbit dinner
Bear in meadow
Bear in meadow
Buck posing
Buck posing

If you’ve ever wondered what wild animals do when no one’s watching, now you know. To see more, head over to the Fort Collins Natural Areas website, where over 1000 wildlife camera images are archived. And keep your eyes peeled on your next hike!

6 comments

  1. I love these! I’m especially excited about the cats. Go cougars & bobcats! I do tend to root for the predators. I once worked with a wildlife biologist who was using remote cameras to try and census wolverines in the Mt. Hood area. They were very very elusive and the leading opinion was that there were no wolverines up there, but she got a few camera snaps and it was magic! It was like seeing a mythical being.

    Thanks for sharing these, I’ll go check out that website to see more.

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