Officials in Boulder, Colorado made an “unbearably” adorable discovery last week after reviewing one of their wildlife cameras.
In a social media post last Monday, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) said a black bear discovered one of the many cameras that the agency uses to monitor wildlife across Boulder’s parks.
Recently, a bear discovered a wildlife camera that we use to monitor wildlife across #Boulder open space. Of the 580 photos captured, about 400 were bear selfies.🤣 Read more about we use wildlife cameras to observe sensitive wildlife habitats. https://t.co/1hmLB3MHlU pic.twitter.com/714BELWK6c— Boulder OSMP (@boulderosmp) January 23, 2023
“Of the 580 photos captured, about 400 were bear selfies,” OSMP officials wrote on Twitter.
The images that OSMP shared online show an array of close-up images of the bear as it investigates the wildlife camera.
“The department has nine cameras across its 46,000-acre land system to help them learn more about local wildlife while minimizing staff presence in sensitive habitats,” Fox 11′s Stephanie Weaver reports, citing the Boulder OSMP website.
Will Keeley, senior wildlife ecologist for OSMP, affirms that the cameras play a significant role in helping staffers identify important wildlife areas. “The information we collect from them is used to recommend habitat-protective measures to help protect sensitive natural areas,” Keeley adds.
According to Fox 11′s Stephanie Weaver, OSMP says the wildlife cameras come to life when an animal steps in front of them. “When that happens, the cameras snap a still photograph,” Weaver writes. “The cameras then have the ability to capture video for 10 to 30 seconds.”
Weaver adds that at night, the cameras use infrared light to create photographs that “minimize disturbances to nocturnal wildlife.”
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