What’s That Smell?
As anyone with a dog knows, there are a lot of interesting smells out there; some worth rubbing up against and rolling in. As an experiment, we spread some short-acting scents in front of six cameras this past summer to see if they might help us ‘detect’ more animals. The results varied between sites and we’re still analysing the data but the animals at this particular site, up the Cascade River Valley, certainly showed interest.
Although it may look like they’re dancing and having a great time, it’s worth remembering how hard it is to be a wild animal – especially if you’re a grizzly cub and that big male who visits the rub tree soon after you isn’t your Dad.