Trail photographers provide an eye into Oregon’s wilderness

Ever wonder what nature looks like when you aren’t watching it? If a critter scurries through the forest and there’s no one there to see it, is it still adorable?

The answer is yes. We know this through the efforts of trail photographers who operate remote trail cameras that capture nature as it looks when no humans are there to disturb it.

There is a part of Oregon that no one will ever see with their own eyes. It is filled with wolves, foxes, bears and other creatures undisturbed by human activity. In fact, it is the very absence of humans that defines this unseen world.

Fortunately, there is a window into untamed Oregon provided by dedicated folks who take to the wilderness looking to capture images with remote cameras. There are two types of people who set up “camera traps”: those looking to survey species, like the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and those looking to create intimate portraits of wild animals.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also uses camera traps to track certain species and get population estimates for endangered animals, like the gray wolf.

See some of the photos they have captured…


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