A History of Camera Trapping

  • Thomas E. Kucera
  • Reginald H. Barrett


The human desire to observe wild animals without disturbing them goes back at least to hunter-gatherers who constructed blinds. Our ability to do so was greatly enhanced with the development of photography and other, even more recent, innovations such as small, portable batteries, electric lights, and digital equipment. These technologies allow us to make undisturbed observations on a wide variety of wildlife, in a wide variety of habitats, at all hours, and under the most challenging of conditions. Our early ancestors were motivated by a desire for animal products. Today, desires for undisturbed observations of wildlife range from recreation and an aesthetic appreciation of nature to increasing our scientific understanding of animal populations and their relationship to their environment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BIR AssociatesSan RafaelUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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