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Deer on Peppergrass Trail

That’s a Wrap! Our wildlife camera study has concluded.

Back in December 2019, the Habitat Authority placed several infrared motion-activated cameras along trails in the Preserve to document wildlife presence and movement patterns. Little did we know that just a few short months later we would experience a global pandemic and the Preserve would be closed temporarily in response. The cameras continued to roll while visitors sheltered at home. Originally, the cameras were to remain in place for one full year, however, the Habitat Authority continued the study for an additional year to collect data during 2021 that would serve as a comparison to wildlife and recreational use across the Preserve during the unprecedented circumstances in 2020. After two full years of collecting data, the majority of cameras were removed from the trails in January 2022 and now we have been busy processing the hundreds of thousands of images taken during that timeframe.

Gray Fox on Turnbull Canyon Trail

The cameras detected a wide suite of native species including arthropods (such as butterflies and tarantulas), amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Additionally, reproduction of bobcats, coyotes, and deer were documented within the Preserve at several of the camera locations which is an important indicator of sustainable wildlife populations. Additionally, a pair of gray foxes was recorded along Peppergrass Trail in the Hellman Park area and another gray fox was sighted on Sycamore Canyon Trail. This species had not been previously documented in either of those locations, so these data have improved our understanding of their distribution within the Preserve. Once the data have been processed and analyzed, the Habitat Authority looks forward to learning more about wildlife activity and species distribution in the Preserve.

Gray Fox on Peppergrass Trail
Gray Fox in Sycamore Canyon


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