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Wildlife Caught on Camera - Fall 2022 Edition

From apex predators like grizzly bears to feisty striped skunks, the Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front is a wildlife melting pot. You can see a small sampling of those full-time residents here. 

The ranch has dozens of wildlife trail cams set in key locations. Those cameras take thousands of shots every year. The incredibly meticulous job of choosing the best photos falls to Ph.D. candidate and Boone and Crockett Fellow at the University of Montana Chris Hansen. Check out the highlights below. 


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1 of 10—Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis)

Shot on location at the famous “campsite” area, this video of two grizzlies shows you exactly where you don’t want to pitch a tent on the ranch.


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2 of 10—Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

At the peak of the mule deer rut, a buck will curl its lips to help determine if one of these does is in estrus. It’s either that or this buck is hoping to borrow some chapstick.  


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3 of 10—Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Speaking of hot does, this buck will simply not give up his pursuit of this doe, day or night, rain or shine.

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4 of 10—Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

The ranch is so much more than apex predators and big game. A healthy population of skunks keeps ranch staff on their toes.


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5 of 10— Mountain lion (Puma concolor) 

While not it’s not their first choice for table fare, a mountain lion, or pair of mountain lions, will dine on a skunk if they’re hungry enough.

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6 of 10—Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Bobcats are found over a vast area, ranging from northern British Columbia to Nova Scotia and down to Central America. They’ve been known to munch on a skunk in their day. 


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7 of 10—Elk (Cervus canadensis)

Taken in March, this video shows bulls migrating south to Daytona Beach for a well-earned spring break. Just kidding, there are no elk in Florida.

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8 of 10—Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Thanks to a huge surge of testosterone during the rut, mule deer bucks transform from mild-mannered and respectable ungulates to sex-crazed, swollen-necked demons from another realm. 


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9 of 10—Gray wolf (Canis lupus)

A pair of gray wolves rings in the New Year by wandering through the campsite, which attracts everything from elk to grizzlies.

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10 of 10—Mountain lion (Puma concolor) 

Highly adaptable, mountain lions are found in every corner of Montana. Able to sprint up to 50 mph, their powerful limbs win most sparring matches.


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