Just before this trail cam got snowed over, it caught a few snaps of wild wolves hanging out in the snow. This wolf in particular made eye contact with the camera, or at least that is what it looks like. It could just be that this wolf heard the sound of the camera shutter which made it look this way.
Over time, wolves that are exposed to trail cams may become used to them. In some cases, researchers studying wolves may use camera traps or other camera equipment to monitor their behavior without direct human observation. In these cases, the wolves may soon show little or no reaction to them.
This rather strange-looking doe was photographed by a trail cam in the middle of the woods. While some deer species have evolved to have diversely shaped ears, the ears on this one look really odd. It seems she lost her ears, maybe to frostbite or it could be a genetic defect.
Her ears almost look like dog ears which might make her look like an overgrown labrador, but they certainly won't help her in the wild. Larger ears actually help them to detect predators and potential threats in their habitat. Bigger ears also allow them to regulate their body temperature during the summer months by dissipating heat.
While bears are intelligent and playful animals, they are not known for playing peek-a-boo in the same way humans do. While bears do engage in play behaviors, their play typically involves physical activities like wrestling, chasing, or climbing. Which is why it's so surprising to see this bear peeking at this trail cam.
As adorable as this bear is, it's still important to remember just how fearsome these creatures can be. Though it might be tempting, it's never a good idea to approach a bear or attempt to play with one, as this can be dangerous for both the bear and humans.
Just Saying Hi
This lone bull came pretty close to this trail cam to inspect it, before moving on in search of food. Moose bulls are generally solitary animals, and will often spend much of their time alone outside of mating season. They may even establish territories that they safeguard against other males.
Outside of the mating season, moose bulls may roam over a large area in search of food, water, and shelter. However, it's important to note that moose may interact with other moose from time to time. They may also form small groups or pairings during the winter months when they congregate in areas with abundant food and cover.
Warts and All
Even in the wild, animals can get viruses and warts. In fact, moose are known to be susceptible to a type of wart called fibromas, which are caused by a virus. These warts can appear as small, hard growths on the skin. Fibromas are not particularly harmful to moose, and most should eventually go away on their own.
Fibromas are most commonly seen in young moose, like this one, and are thought to be transmitted through contact with other infected animals. They are not contagious to humans but still, if you observe a moose with visible warts or growths, don't assume you can get close and pet it, it's still a wild animal after all.