There are a lot of reasons that people choose to purchase a game trail camera and it’s not always just for hunting purposes. More and more people are choosing to gather one of these cameras for surveying their property in hopes to keep it safe and secure. Example: It could be because they have noticed that for the last couple days their little pet poodle is experiencing anxiety after going potty outdoors, because she is being stalked by something creepy in the back yard. People are wanting better protection and wanting to know what they may or may not be up against. A trail camera can help do just that.
Our pets have a great way of teaching us that there is something amiss by barking, acting scared or timid. If you have a dog, you know what I am referring to. They have a tendency to exhibit unusual and unsettling behaviors. They hear and smell better than we do, so when they act like this, listen up! We need to recognize their efforts in alerting us to be cautious.
Now, I don’t want people to freak out over the information I am giving you and don’t want people panicking and running out to get 10 trail cameras for their home or property. I just think it’s a great thing for people to be informed as much as possible. Expect the best, prepare for the worst. Right?!
OK. There is ample truth that wildlife are seen in more populated areas all the time. I know of a specific incident in which a man’s dog was barking like crazy and acting strangely. The man didn’t know why. He went out to his pickup and the dog continued barking more fervently. As the man scanned the area, he realized that he was clearly in danger. He was being stalked by a mountain lion, which was perched in the tree next to his home. It was getting ready to pounce. You hear more and more of this kind of information being reported in the newspapers and some stories just don’t end up well.
We hear of cougars, bobcats, bears, coyotes or even wolves wandering onto family properties and putting not only our animals at risk, but people as well, particularly, children. It seems as the populations continue to grow in this world there is less room for everyone and everything, be it human or predatory creatures.
As animals populate, they migrate. A lot of them have a specific hunting radius that they cover. A lot of the concerns of today in many areas is due to overpopulation of predatory animals. There are efforts in play through local entities to help keep this from happening, but it still occurs.
If you have seen tracks or droppings from animals that are not usually on your property or if you see these close to your home, call your local Sheriff or Game Warden Offices and report what you have found. As a helpful measure, a trail camera can be placed near these areas and can be set to survey day and night for several weeks or months at a time to monitor what kind of wildlife you have coming into the area.
The information recorded on the game trail camera can be extremely helpful and could provide evidence that is needed for the authorities to help resolve the problem. Taking matters into your own hands could result in some not so great legal issues. The man I talked about earlier, with the mountain lion, underwent a lot of court costs and lawyer fees to keep him from going to jail for shooting it. Granted, I probably would have done the same thing too.
Unfortunately, in other cases, the predator is not necessarily part of the animal kingdom, but the human species. The more desperate times become, the more extensive measures one will need to take to keep their property and families safe. There are plenty of stealth type game trail cameras out there. These are very discrete and their flash is completely undetectable to people, so night photographing or video footage is clear. Evidence recorded on the trail camera could help authorities identify the individual and, therefore, address the situation as needed. Never take these matters into your own hands. Get the authorities involved.
Trail cameras are very helpful tools in all areas of life. They may actually become a more commonly owned tool of the household as we approach some real questionable times of self-security in our country. Trail cameras may be the next item people put in their family survival kits. Stay safe.