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IN THE FIELD

A mule deer on its fall migration notices a camera as it activates a camera trap placed outside Baggs. Wildlife sometimes reacted to the cameras when Chris Martin, Wyoming Game and Fish
Department digital content creator, first started placing them. Now he hides the cameras so they go unnoticed. (Photo by Chris Martin/WGFD)

Behind the scenes
By placing motion-activated cameras in the right places,
Game and Fish catches wildlife being wild
By Game and Fish staff

I

magine this: you're in the Snowy Range,
deep into the wild. You're in a good spot.
Nestled in the trees, waiting, watching.
Hours pass, maybe a day. Then, it happens.
A cow elk and her calf slowly walk into view,
followed by another cow meandering slowly
down a game trail as they cross over a rotting
log. As they pass, the sounds of vocalizing elk
in the distance is unmistakable - not the
bugling of bulls, but the calls of cows and
the bleating of calves. More elk walk into
view, followed by even more. Quickly, the
slow meandering of elk becomes a torrent
of hooves as dozens of elk stampede down
the trail - the pounding of hooves into dirt
and breathing from the animals audible, the
energy palpable.
You don't have to be boots-on-the-ground
or spend hours camouflaged for this up-close
and personal wildlife encounter. Thanks
to Wyoming Game and Fish Department
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Digital Content Creator Chris Martin, you
can experience this intimate wildlife moment
from your couch. It's part of a growing library
of wildlife clips for viewers to enjoy in a series
called " WildLIVE, " located on the Game
and Fish website.
Martin travels around the state to capture
footage of Wyoming's wildlife and share it
with people craving a close-up look at critters.
His method of getting the footage prevents
stress to wildlife while still showing close
images of animals behaving as if nobody's
watching. This gives the public a look at wild
animals in a way many would never be able
to see otherwise.
To get images of animals without
disturbing them, Martin uses remote,
motion-activated cameras to get the front-row
perspective without a person present. When
an animal breaks the invisible beam created
by a sensor, a signal is sent to the camera for
it to snap a photo or start recording. The
camera traps use Digital Single-Lens Reflex,

" When I started doing this
more than a year ago, wildlife
would notice the camera, and
it seemed like it would slightly
alter their behavior. Now that
I disguise it, a vast majority of
animals pass by without ever
noticing the camera. "
or DSLR, cameras to capture the clips in the
highest quality. Martin places the cameras
in areas where animals won't notice them.
" I've learned to place the camera behind
natural objects like rocks or sagebrush to
hide it as well as possible, " Martin said.
" When I started doing this more than a
year ago, wildlife would notice the camera,



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