Province Seeks Help of Trail Camera Owners

Department of Natural Resources

September 13, 2017 9:56 AM

Government is asking Nova Scotians who use trail cameras to help biologists manage the province’s deer and bear populations by sending in their observations.

“The more eyes, the better, when it comes to collecting current wildlife information,” said Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller. “We are asking hunters and others to fill out a trail camera survey describing what they see in their photos, to add to the information we use in making good wildlife management decisions. They can also send in the photos themselves.”

Trail cameras automatically take photographs of wildlife when triggered by an animal’s movement. Many hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts operate trail cameras in the province.

Natural Resources already collects information on the deer herd through deer pellet surveys, information provided by hunters when deer are harvested, and by examining a deer’s jawbone after harvest to determine the deer’s age. The department wants to add to that data through this latest request.

Responses can help show such things as how many does have fawns, how fast the deer population is growing, how many cubs black bears are having this year, and locations where bear or deer are thriving. They can also provide similar facts about other wildlife.

Everyone who submits a completed trail camera survey form before Dec. 10, will have a chance to win a high-quality trail camera. Participants in the survey will receive information on how to enter the photo contest.

Survey information must be from trail camera photographs taken before Dec. 10 and can be submitted at https://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/trailsurvey/.

The winning photo and a selection of others will be posted on the website.

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     Government is asking hunters with trail cameras to help

biologists manage the Nova Scotia’s deer and bear populations.

     Many hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts operate trail

cameras that, when triggered by an animal’s movement,

automatically take photographs of wildlife.

Observers can send in a completed trail camera survey

describing what they see in their photos. The information will

help biologists who monitor wildlife.

     Minister of Natural Resources Margaret Miller says the

more eyes, the better, when it comes to collecting current

wildlife information.

     All participants have a chance to win a prize if

submissions are sent in before December 10th.

     The trail camera survey form is posted on the Natural

Resources website.

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