BC Highway Wildlife Cam Captures Moose Selfie and More

Question: How does a moose take a selfie?
Answer: By triggering one of our wildlife monitoring cams, of course!

Part of our work on BC highways is to help prevent animals and drivers from crossing paths and monitoring our wildlife crossings with motion activated cams is just one of the ways we do this.

We use these images to get a better understanding of how animals are using our wildlife crossing and how they interact with each other at these locations. We use this information to improve our crossings and make them useful to more animals.  We’ve seen some pretty great shots on our Wildlife Monitoring Program cams, but this one takes the cake. “Hello there moose! Come here often?”

Here are some more wonderful shots we’ve found recently that we just had to share with you. Enjoy!

A beautiful shot of the reclusive lynx moving through a part of our wildlife fencing.

Animals use our crossings around the clock. These two coyotes triggered the camera while out on the prowl during a cold winter night.

Possibly the same two coyotes, using the pass during the daytime.

Wow! Watch this coyote in hot pursuit of a deer across one of our overpasses.
Our wildlife crossings are well used, but animals don’t tend to cross paths while using them, instead, they tend to pass each other “like ships in the night.” We’ve been observing these cams for years now and this is the first time we’ve ever seen anything like this.

Can’t see the video above? Try watching it directly on our YouTube channel.

Well, heck. It doesn’t get much cuter than this little cub following Mumma bear through the underpass, does it? Cuteness factor: Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Hello Handsome! This beautiful buck (we’re calling him Buck Pitt) triggered the cam a few times as he crossed over the pass cautiously.

A large herd of deer move across the pass under cover of darkness, perhaps on the trail of Buck Pitt?

We estimate that a well-designed, well-constructed and well-maintained wildlife exclusion system can reduce the potential for wildlife collisions by more than 90 per cent. That’s good news, whether you travel on four wheels or four legs. Have a question about wildlife overpasses that we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments section below. And stay tuned for more candid wildlife cam shots to come.

22 Responses to BC Highway Wildlife Cam Captures Moose Selfie and More

  1. Ken on March 12, 2018 at 7:50 am

    BULLWINKLE!!!! Your lookin good man…now go pull a rabbit out of a hat! 🙂

  2. Elaine on March 11, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I am so glad that these animal bypasses have been constructed. I know they can’t solve all the carnage but if it saves many precious animal lives it’s worth it. And to see photo-proof of the wildlife using these conduits is gratifying and must encourage our highway and conservationists to keep constructing more of them in the future. Thanks for the pics!

    • tranbceditor on March 12, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Elaine – it is a great feeling to see our work – working!

  3. Joanne on March 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you so much for these shots, it’s heartwarming to see our wild neighbors being cared for and treated with respect. Let this be a reminder to all the we are encroaching on their habitat, not the other way around.

    • tranbceditor on March 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

      We are so glad you liked it Joanne!

  4. Ruth on March 7, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Great article. Thank you! I’m still chuckling over Buck Pitt. And good comments too.

    • tranbceditor on March 7, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Glad you liked it Ruth. We were waffling between that and Bambi’s Dad. 😉

  5. Brenda Guiled on March 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm


    When racing on highways from here to there, living our oh-so-important lives, we need these reminders that we share the planet with other, amazing beings whose populations aren’t up in the billions and increasing rapidly, rather are limited and destroyed by our habits and ‘needs’.

    Totally great wildlife-preservation work, from a budget that just pays lip-service to “Super Natural British Columbia”, not quite the “Best Place on Earth” for wild critters impacted by highway traffic. Hey, B.C. government, we can do better! Put more money into this kind of work, please.

    • tranbceditor on March 5, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks for this great comment Brenda!<3

  6. Cindy Miller on March 4, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for sharing these great pictures of our fellow travelers. I remember many years ago when this type of overpass was used on Hwy 1 between Banff and Lake Louise Alberta due to the large number of animal deaths and how it reduced dramatically. Good work!

    • tranbceditor on March 5, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Thanks for your comment Cindy. We sure do love seeing our wildlife crossings well used!

  7. Dave on March 4, 2018 at 5:47 am

    I think thos is great, but be cautious on the type of camera you choose. If there are nny lights on it , it will spook animals.

  8. Terrence thomas on March 3, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Thats so awesome thats done for animals!!!!

  9. Gini Walsh on March 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    great photos & video!!

  10. wayne on March 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    We have Overpasses in Ontario we have been told animals do not like to use tunnels/culverts? I see the bear going through the tunnel. I’ve seen the overpass near Banff, Alta, with a lot of elk crossing on top.

    • tranbceditor on March 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Wayne,

      We sent your question to one of our wildlife biologists who let us know that the wildlife underpasses in BC were built over 30 years ago. Wildlife underpasses are not a common natural feature for wildlife. It takes years for wild animals to find and become accustomed to the wildlife underpasses. Many of the Ontario underpasses have been built more recently. A new wildlife underpass may still smell newly constructed (new concrete, new galvanized steel, recent human presence). An older wildlife underpass may have aged with respect to smells, scents and sounds to become more accepted by wild animals. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has some of the best road ecologists in Canada working to protect wildlife on Ontario highways. In time, Ontario wildlife underpasses should be used by more wild animals.

      Hope that this helps!

  11. Cindy Coumont on March 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Absolutely beautiful thanks for sharing would love to see more of this

    • tranbceditor on March 5, 2018 at 11:31 am

      So glad you liked it Cindy. Stay tuned for more!

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