Prov­ince seek­ing help from trail cam­era op­er­a­tors

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY -

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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