Research on Capitol Hill

Presenter and Co-Presenter(s)

Ethan Hammer, Utah State UniversityFollow


S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources


Wildland Resources Department

Faculty Mentor

Nicki Frey


Using remote cameras to capture photos of wildlife is an increasingly common way to monitor and document species populations.

To detect an animal with a remote camera, the animal must:

  • Have enough body heat to trigger the camera
  • Move slowly enough to allow for a sharp picture to be taken

Small mammals often fail to meet these two requirements for detection, as they move quickly and produce less heat. As a result, current camera trapping methods miss many species.

We have developed a ‘small mammal’ method that will try to fix the problems that come with camera trapping small mammals. This method will be compared to the traditional ‘large mammal’ method in order to determine its effectiveness.

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