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.
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.
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.
Just Strolling By
The temperatures in which this photo was taken were -5 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that's cold! The air must have been crisp and the forest looks quiet and peaceful, save for the crunching of snow underfoot. It was a perfect winter's day, and this elk knew it. With graceful strides, she made her way past this trail cam, alongside the snow-covered mountain.
For this elk, the snow is not an obstacle, but an invitation. An invitation to explore, to play, to simply be. You see, elks are well-adapted to living in cold and snowy environments. Their thick fur provides insulation against the cold, and their large hooves act like snowshoes, allowing them to move across deep snow without sinking.
Have you ever thought you smelled something smelled strange when you went out to your backyard? You tell your partner about it but they're not sure what it could be. So you set up a trail cam and your suspicions are correct! A skunk has been visiting your wood pile.
Skunks are adorable and even interesting creatures, but they can also be a nuisance when they dig up lawns or gardens or spray their odor. The last thing you want is to run into one and have them spray you. That being said, they are beneficial to the environment as they help control insect populations.