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High-tech cameras capture wildlife
-The mountain lions, the bobcat, the coyotes.
-These are the animals that greet Trevor Hebert on his computer every morning.
-Possums, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, great horned owls, hawks, jays.
-These creatures all call Jasper Ridge home, a biological preserve owned by Stanford University in Northern California.
To capture these images, Hebert has built an installed 25 steel cameras
and 6 video cameras all around the 1200-acre property.
-This is a-- a-- a digital wireless camera track and it has an infrared motion sensor that detects the body heat of an animal.
And when that animal passes by, it triggers a picture, which is then transmitted wirelessly at a base station at our facility.
-The cameras also have an infrared flash that??s imperceptible to the animals and the batteries are all solar powered
-We??re really reducing the amount of disturbance in-- in-- in the landscape that would affect animal behavior and so the animals are able to act more naturally.
-The photos and videos collective from Jasper Ridge give researchers baseline data for the local animal population, which sometimes can yield surprises.
-When we started seeing basically weekly pictures of mountain lions at certain times of the year, we were pretty amazed.
-Recently, incredible camera [unk] footage has emerged from around the world,
showing of rare or hard to observe species like these elusive cross river gorillas from Cameroon, playful tiger cubs from Sumatra, a rhino from Borneo, and a wolverine from Northern California.
-This was the first time a documented-- a documented proof of a wolverine since, I think, the 1920s.
Sierra Pacific Industries rotates its 100 cameras over 750,000 acres of timberland to keep an eye on local species.
Spotting a rare carnivore was a fluke.
-Really wolverine isn??t even in your reality.
So, you??re really not even thinking that I hope I get a wolverine in, you know, this set of pictures.
That was pretty exciting.
-The wolverine nicknamed Buddy has been photographed over 5 consecutive winters, giving biologists a chance to make sure he??s healthy and to spot any potential offspring.
-That??s always-- The want for Buddy from everyone is to find Buddy a girlfriend.
-Hopefully one day she too will be captured on film.
In San Francisco, I??m Kara Tsuboi, cnet.com for CBS News.
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