From hunting to assisting conservationists monitor species in high-traffic areas, trail cams function for all sorts of different purposes. Trail cams are not only a cool way of researching and surveying the surroundings, but they often expose what happens when people are not around. Tons of species live along these paths, be it in national parks or more daring trails in rural communities, and they are even mystified by these strange cams, particularly at night. To see the craziest things animals have been caught doing by researchers on these trail cams, click ‘Next’!
This deer has either been alarmed by something, or it appears to enjoy walking on its hind legs in the evening when nobody looks. Certainly not normal behavior, but without a cam, this bizarre moment might not have been captured.
A Romantic Night
It appears that this cam trespassed on the evening dinner plans of these lovely cats, as the two mountain lions were captured expressing an intimate time near their food dish. A classic instance of a cam rigged up near a specified feeding site.
This raccoon does seem shameless to be attempting to take his liberty with a wild boar that he has just decided to hop on. Therefore, he should understand that the boar knows where the food is, and even his friend is ready to follow.
Full Of Sticks
Who knows what that specific deer got into before he hit the camera, but it sure looks guilty. You would think it was either in a conflict or trying to run for its life with that bushel of sticks wrapped up in its antlers.
This cam managed to capture three wolves all howling in one go in a very impressive moment. Even when they’re widely acknowledged for something, it’s difficult to imagine that you’d ever get that near in person.
It seems that this raccoon is having a wonderful time with his deer friends, so much so that he desires the moment on camera to last forever. Although this little guy was undoubtedly just intrigued, seeing various animals interacting such as this is awesome.
On A Ride
Although you may only start noticing this bull on the trail initially, if you look really closely, some sort of small cat is riding on his back. It’s also hunting, you can begin to say, since these glowing eyes are obviously on the lookout for a sweet treat.
On A Run
One thing about trail cams is that creatures do attract a lot of attention, and a few are certainly more rattled than others by their presence. In this, right in front of the lens, we see a deer creating a mad dash, but maybe this was being hunted by a predator.
Foxes Feeding Babies
This mother fox was captured trying to feed her pups in the dead of the night in one of the rarer trailcam situations you’ll ever get to see. This special moment demonstrates how extremely important every sec of survival to them.
When these raccoons descended on the abundant food that was below, the trail cam stand rapidly had become feeding post. They obviously enjoyed their delicious meal to the moment where they had to sleep it off, as you can see!
These raccoons seem to only know how to be in difficult situation, as you can already tell, since this raccoon once more decided to take advantage of the human placement and clung onto the feeder so that he could feed his friends below.
Obviously, among a handful of birds, there is some resentment brewing here, definitely over the remnants on the ground. As the hawk as well as bald eagle go head-to-head, some other birds seem to be in confrontation with whether to interfere or take the food and run.
Bear Was Startled
Right at the front of the trail cam, this bear makes it appear to have stumbled, only recognizing he is the central focus now. Animals know that such technologies do not belong in the wild and are baffled by their objective is a strong indicator.
It Was Just Crossing
Some of the smartest creatures on earth are birds, and they likely to be pretty good at picking up questionable cameras in the woods’ neck. The strange guy was just checking to make sure that he wasn’t an opponent.
Teamwork Is The Key
Raccoons, — particularly when there is food involved, are capable of working together. This team decided to hop on the backs of each other so that they could stir the feeder, which really is extremely impressive.
You can see a gorilla along the path, not always, and this one in specific seems to be in a bit of a rush as he hurried right on two upright legs. It certainly looks like a silverback, meaning it’s one of the rarest species in the world. Wonder how he got into it…
We chatted about just how birds are ready to defend their sphere of influence, and this one is not sparing the trail cam! It made the decision to get close and personal with this one, and decided to leave a simply amazing still picture for the researcher.
Even if we can’t exactly tell if they’re trying to hug or square up, these porcupines, it’s fascinating to see them trying to stand so intimately face-to-face. Lets hope they’re cordial, but breeding is not out of the question either, noting their different colors as well as sizes.
That cam captured a starving otter doing some late night fishing in the blackest part of the night, and he seemed to realize he was being observed. Courageously, while trying to enjoy his midnight snack, the little guy started to examine.
Although it may not be the Wonderland white rabbit, this bunny appears to have already been attracted to whatever food was abandoned in the bin. And the camera was perfectly positioned up to catch the rabbit jumping in this action shot.
Most individuals don’t like being gentle and loving on camera, but there’s really no choice for these animals. Here we can see a deer snatching a pleasant nibble from her friend’s ear, and it doesn’t seem to mind to much though.
Squirrel Coming Through
This squirrel was very meticulously planned its aerial attack, and it apparently worked to excellence. There’s really no way the deer saw it going to come, such measured grace and timing has been performed here.
Quite often, for a camera, you just have to stick your tongue out. This deer is likely to be a frequent traveler on this section of the trail, so he thought he would spin his head around for a simple selfie. It’s likely the owner got a real kick out of it.
They’re All Here
Any awesome footage on a trail cam can be difficult enough to obtain, as much of it is up to opportunity, but this is exceptional. Somehow, when looking at the lens, an entire herd of deer managed to photograph them all, which had to be a one-in-a-million possibility.
This bear did this to ensure that its offspring wouldn’t go hungry, and instead of just getting the food, it made the decision to lift them up so that they could dig in for themselves instead. Just yet another instance of how really smart bears seem to be.
Not Your Territory
Protecting their homes is the primary concern of many animals, and that’s precisely what this owl did when it managed to fight off a deer. They know the threats come out at night for nocturnal creatures, but this deer likely got the raw end of the deal.
For some living creatures, interactions at night can be problematic, but raccoons are not really frightened of anything. So when the raccoon came face-to-face with a buck, he made the decision it wasn’t going to back down without a fight.
Not all of nature is peaceful as well as quiet, as this buck is displayed in a rather disturbing shot. It seems he not only won his war with an enemy, but also got it trapped in his antlers. Now the rest of the group will know who they shouldn’t mess with…
Dragging Its Food
The fact that nature will run its course is one thing about the circle of life, and winter weather can be extraordinarily cruel. Here we can see a gigantic hawk of some type trying desperately during the winter months to drag a carcass back for some tasty food.
Caught In Their Antlers
One topic between many deer which seems to be frequent would be that they appear to get stuff caught in their antlers. It casually carries a pumpkin on its head, which again is probably a really good dinner haul, as this one looks strangely off into the distance.
Owls are extraordinary hunters, and in order to satisfy their families, they can be known for taking on fairly massive kills. Deers can be easy targets since they are active at night, taking into account they already have poor eyes. We can believe that this one didn’t go down well.
A Stepping Stool
You’re usually bound to capture some shenanigans when trail cams are pointed near assigned feeders. However, the feeder is yet again looted by a raccoon, who appears to have been using some other animal as a stepstool.
In order to see what’s going on, these cams are often positioned to monitor conservation areas, and here we can see a sneaky critter working its way either into or out of a gated area, which really only tends to lead you to believe that it was not good.
This cam managed to capture an eager fox who seemed disappointed that he was fenced out of any area he was looking to hunt. This is precisely what they are installed for, and researchers can now see that the zone is a legitimate threat.
This bobcat or other form of tiny cat-like predator seems to have caught a raccoon itself in a contained area, by the appearance of it, because now it’s trying to bring it back across the fence.
Many of the most dangerous predators on the trails are wolves, but they’re still quite mysterious, so you do not even see them as much. In the dead of night, however, this wolf recognized a trespasser and smelled at the camera.
Whoever has this creepy kid’s parents have to come and get him, because that’s not all right. It might be just a chilling still, or perhaps some artistic photo editing, but it’s frightening either way.
Here Comes The Reaper
Okay, seriously, this is not really funny in the slightest… No chance this wasn’t for the sake of purpose, but for the people who are intentionally terrifying those who just try to film innocent trail cams, why?!
In The Feeder Again
The feeder has always been the most favorite area in town, and it’s a big reason why cams always are positioned next to them to monitor various species’ activities and behaviors. Turns out, they all like to snack, like you and I.
These hawks have wandered upon a rotting carcass of some sort again during a cold weather hunt, and therefore are likely to take it back to their flock. These aggressive birds must do what they can for meat in tough times.
Lots Of Turkey
When they were spotted by this well-placed cam, this group of turkeys were just out having a lovely stroll. While certainly not your normal bird spotting, the differences of species in the region is awesome to see.