image by Drew Rush
In his post “Looking for Hungry Bears on Purpose” on the National Geographic blog, wildlife photographer Drew Rush shares his experience and technique of using carefully placed camera traps to capture close-up images of the wild bears in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness near Livingston, Montana. According to Rush, the process is very delicate and time consuming, but worth it in the end.
I walked along the edge of the lake to check on a recently placed trap, thinking about all of the problems that a bear creates as it raids stashes of pinecones buried by red squirrels for their winter reserves of food. A bear gorging itself on pine nuts doesn’t think twice about my tiny little camera that just might be in its way, and more often than not I would show up to check a site and find my camera traps destroyed by the ravenous bears. Working with camera traps is a lesson in patience and guts. You have to be able to tell yourself that eventually it’s going to happen, and you have to have to perseverance to fix repeated problems while knowing that in all likelihood those problems are going to happen again.
image via Drew Rush
photo via Drew Rush
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