High-tech cameras capture wildlife
High-tech cameras capture wildlife
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High-tech cameras capture wildlife

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-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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