From Fundatia Conservation CARPATHIA in Romania, a year of wild animals captured on a trail cam in the Făgăraș Mountains. Spoiler: there are bison. Also, the raccoon-like animal with a striped tail is probably a European wildcat.
The New York Time’s absolute beginner’s guide to wildlife cameras (trail cams), with tips on how to set them up: Why You Need a Wildlife Camera.
Cameras can cost $500 or more, but for the beginning backyard camera-trapper, it’s not necessary to spend that much.
Likewise, skip the low end. “It’s probably better to spend a little more,” Ms. Naser said, “like $125 to $175 per camera, rather than the $50 models whose results won’t be as satisfying, and that aren’t as durable.”Margaret Roach, New York Times
The Peabody Museum of Harvard University announced a test of a recently developed technique that can identify the animals to family or species from extremely small amounts of animal tissue (bone, skin, and other material containing collagen).
Peptide Mass Fingerprinting correctly identified 89 percent of the samples to at least the family level. For more information, see the Peabody Museum announcement.