5 Videos: Wildlife Caught on Utah Camera Traps

These bull elk was caught on a camera trap in the High Uintas Wilderness, Utah. (Photo courtesy of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation)

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has 30 camera traps set up in the High Uintas Wilderness this summer, and we’ve captured some amazing footage of bears, moose, bobcat, marten and others living in this beautiful corner of northeastern Utah.

Our volunteer teams of backpacker and trail runners are in charge of maintaining these research stations, hiking up to 18 miles round trip to change the batteries and bait and retrieve the SD cards.

Watch videos of bears, moose, elk, fox and coyote caught on camera here:

Moose may grow to more than six feet tall at the shoulders and weigh up to 1,400 pounds. Bulls’ antlers begin growing in spring, and develop fully by late summer. This animal, likely a yearling, has spike antlers. When mature, the antlers can stretch five feet across.

Black Bear with Cubs
A black bear sow and her two cubs try to pull the bait off a tree with no luck. The bait is a beef bone covered in a delightful substance called Gusto, which is made partly from skunk anal glands.

Fox with Prey
This fox carrying a rabbit in its mouth is a cool view into the cycle of life.

An elk cow and calf visit our camera trap. Elk calves are born in late May or early June, and this one still had its camouflage spots in July.

Coyotes are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will hunt when given the opportunity—day or night. They eat small game such as rodents, rabbits and fish, larger animals like deer, and when those aren’t available, insects, snakes, fruit and grass.

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Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008 when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker Magazine "hero", in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow and in 2018 one of the Grist 50 "Fixers." Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. Read more updates from Gregg and others on the Adventure Scientists team at adventurescientists.org/field-notes. Follow Adventure Scientists on Instagram @adventurescientists, on Facebook @adventurescientists, and on Twitter @AdvScientists.