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Every day, scores of animal species furtively scurry across Boulder landscapes to search for food and to find resting places. Most often, no one – even City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks staff – ever sees them. But sometimes OSMP staff is fortunate enough to get an up-close look at local wildlife thanks to a system of motion-detecting cameras that passively capture snapshots and videos of animals residing in their natural state.
The OSMP wildlife cameras come to life when an animal steps in front of them. When that happens, they snap a still photograph. The cameras then have the ability to capture video for 10 to 30 seconds. The cameras use infrared light to illuminate night shots to minimize effects on nocturnal wildlife, and OSMP places its cameras in corridors where animals are likely to travel, such as road underpasses. The department also places cameras in areas where there are signs of wildlife, such as footprints in snow or game trails crossing fence-lines.