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.

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  1. 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.

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    • 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!

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