A Wild Week for Trailcams

In recent years, there's little doubt that remote trail cameras have become one of the "must have" accessories for the well-prepared big game hunter. And this week there were several unusual stories involving these new electronic gadgets that deserve mention.

In the state of Washington, a hunter's trailcam recorded several photographs that--at initial review--many novices and experts alike identified as bogus.

That's because the images captured by Brad Thomas' remote trailcam placed on private land near Moses Coulee in Central Washington in late December showed a total of eight mountain lions--all together in one amazing photograph.

And, as incredible as it may seem, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists who investigated the photos have confirmed them as "a magnificent one-time observation."

"The pictures are 100 percent legit," Jon Gallie, WFWD assistant district biologist told the Wenatchee World newspaper.

Across the country in the nation's heartland, the owner of the True Value Hardware in Twinsburg, Ohio was certain a repeat shoplifter was frequenting his store, but he couldn't catch the sticky-fingered thief with the goods.

So shop owner Dennis Mulhern installed one of the trail cameras he uses to scout deer.

"It captured him coming into this aisle and looking around. You can see him looking back and forth and getting a tool off the shelf," Mulhern told WEWS News. The culprit was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft.

And in Amherst, Wisc., when Burt Benjamin noticed the wood from his backyard woodpile was disappearing more quickly than he was burning it, he set up a trail camera he normally uses to monitor his bear-baiting sites.

After his remote device captured the image of a young man and he showed it to a neighbor, the wood thefts quickly ended, said Benjamin.

"I don't know if it was a coincidence or not," he told the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, "but the wood stopped disappearing after that."

How did we ever survive without our trailcams?