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RE: Trapping animals, photographically

in #nature7 months ago

My dad had one of these cameras setup, looking over his garden. It's out in the country and said all he was getting was the farm cats roaming around. He told me he was a bit disappointed until one night a cat was basically sitting in view, staring at the camera, for quite awhile, doing nothing. Then you see a blur of what looks like a coyote come into frame. My dad joked the cat was just baiting the coyote so he could help get a good picture...

And the cat was fine.


It would be better if it had wifi on all the time so I didn't have to go out and switch it over, but it's just a bit of fun. A guy at work has one on his house all the time and sees various foxes and bats. You can get them fairly cheap. Not going to see a coyote around here unless they escape from a zoo.

I've heard cats are not at too much risk from foxes. Ours is a bit old, so she doesn't go out at night anyway.


Coyotes are even running wild in the cities here. Some house cats, if they're used to being around dogs, will walk right up to a coyote and want to cuddle. Coyote is like, "Are you kidding me? I don't even have to hunt today?" It's unfortunate but that's usually where the strays and lost ones end up. At night out in the wilderness, their howling and yapping makes it sound like there's 100 out there in the darkness somewhere. They're actually one of my favorite animals. And now I'll even see the odd coywolf. And that's without a camera.

I'm not sure if foxes go for prey as large as a cat. Around here they go after gophers and things like that. Chickens too. Trash.

I might get a couple of these cameras if they're cheap. When its hunting season you can actually find them growing wild on trees...
A bit of a joke...

We have chickens, but have never lost one to a fox. Came close once when the chickens were out during the day. The run is well protected, but there's no real sign the foxes tried to get in. A neighbour lost their chickens recently, so it is a risk.

We don't get much large wildlife. There are some deer and badgers around. I hit a badger with the car once and it made a real mess of the car. I think cars kill more wildlife than anything else.

Badgers. I don't know what yours are like but here, if the ground is growling, you run. We have those wolverines too. Stay out of their way. And if you're walking in the woods, you have to talk loud to yourself and friends. That scares the bears away. Startle one and it won't like you, one bit. Wild cats too but they're elusive. They exist, you never see them but if you do, they're running away. And so many different kinds of birds I still haven't learned all their names. They make it sound like living in a jungle here during summer. It's awesome.

And yes for sure, roadways and wildlife don't mix. Hitting a moose here is more like the moose hitting you. They don't usually run out in front like deer do though. I nearly hit a buck while traveling back roads/trail on my dirt bike. It then decided to take the same path as me, so we raced for a bit until he darted off into the woods again.

I've never seen a live badger, not even the one I hit, as they are pretty shy animals and tend to avoid humans. We don't have much that would attack you.

A friend hit a deer on his motorbike and broke a few bones. I've come close a couple of times.

When I was eleven years old, I had a smaller dirt bike, kid size 80cc. I hit a cow calf on the farm, traveling down my wooded trail. Crazy thing ran out from some brush. It was fine, but I wasn't. Broke both the clutch lever and front brake lever on the handlebars.

Plus I had to explain to dad...

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