Trail Cameras and Wildlife Management
Wildlife Management has been a challenge over the recent years. With the rampant poaching and excessive hunting of the wild animals and plants, it has been difficult to ensure sustainability of wild animals and plants. Use of wildlife guards in the protection and management of wildlife has been ineffective especially at night or even in cases of manipulation by poachers and hunters. At the same time, confining the animals in the jungle without them moving out has also been a major problem as animals are making different unnoted paths where they can exit the jungle.
However, with the introduction of trail cameras, wildlife management has become a simple task. Trail cameras are set at different places within the forest or jungle and they trace and record different processes and movements that take place in that area. A trail camera is better than a guard as it will spend the entire day and night while working effectively and tirelessly. Here include some of the uses of trail cameras in wildlife management;
a) Tracing Animal Movements
While set on a more frequently trail, a trail camera can be able to trace how animals have been making movements in the jungle. It will notify you on when the animal exited using a certain trail. On the other hand, a trail camera can be able to trace the movements of poachers and hunters who are a threat to the wildlife. This enhances effective control and tracking of these enemies of the wild animals and plants and also animal movements.
b) Taking Pictures of Incidences
The trail camera takes pictures easily as incidences happen in its trail. It records or sends the pictures and videos to act as evidence. This will help in investigation in wildlife cases such as animal loss, determining the people involved in poaching and hunting, and also to determine the path used by an animal or a person in a certain activity such as; escape or trafficking wildlife products.
c) For Data Collection
Trail cameras collect and stores or sends data in form of picture and videos. This data can be used to predict and note differences and changes in the world life. The changes may include; water and food increase or decrease, increase or decrease of certain animal species, and also tracing the reaction of animals as the seasons changes over the year. This can be useful in developing programs and policies for wildlife management.
d) To Protect the Guards and Other Employees
Trail cameras will always give information on the movements on the set trail very fast. In case a dangerous animal or person is on the trail towards the location where a guard or an employee is, one can be able to take a precautionary measure to protect or hide him/her self. This protects the lives if the guards and employees who are participating in wildlife management.
The above are some of the most important uses of trail cameras in wildlife management. With trail cameras, you don’t need to be on look out every time to ensure that everything is okay in the wildlife management sector. The only thing that you need to do is to purchase the trail cameras and to set them in different places and trails in the forest or jungle. The cameras will take shots and videos with which you will be able to take control or to make decisions that are necessary for wildlife management.