Just what kind of photos are you finding on your trailcams?
Like many of you, I have become fascinated with trailcams. I put a couple of the cool, little devices out by a game trail crossing a small trout stream in the northern tier, and every few weeks I can't wait to dump the cards into my computer and see what photos I captured.
So far I have been kinda disappointed — just lots of photos of unimpressive deer and elk, a few turkeys and one fat, arrogant groundhog. But I'm confident that I will eventually get shots of the wildlife I want to see, the bears, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, fishers, hawks, owls, eagles and even big-racked bucks many of you regularly get in photos with your trail cameras.
The most exotic creature I have ever dreamed might show up is a mountain lion. But the following international news story related to trailcams that caught my eye recently makes me wonder. I am pretty sure you will find it interesting, too. It leaves me questioning if any of our readers have found photos of humans having sex when they slide their camera cards into their card readers. Thankfully, none have been sent to Outdoor News, anyway.
And I thought Austria was an upright, uptight little county (Dude, their politicians apparently have sex in the forests …)
Wildlife camera records photos of Austrian politician having sex in forest
An Austrian politician is in line to get up to £16,000 in compensation after a hidden camera used for snapping wildlife photographed him having sexual intercourse in a forest. The camera was concealed in a forest in the Austrian region of Carinthia. The politician, who has not been named, will get the money if a court rules the photographs violated his privacy.
Carefully concealed, placed well away from areas frequented by people and packing motion sensors the camera was designed to record the wildlife of the forest in the Austrian region of Carinthia. Infrared technology also gives it the ability to shoot in the dark.
But instead of deer and other grazing animals, the camera caught the politician's physical liaison.
Legal experts said the camera contravenes Austrian laws restricting the use of surveillance cameras. Hans Zeger, president of Argen Daten, an NGO specializing in data protection, said official permission was needed to place the camera, and "at the very least is should have been marked with signs so visitors could adjust their behavior and avoid the monitored areas."
But the Carinthia Hunting Society, the organization that placed the camera, defended the use of the spying equipment.
"I cannot say for sure how many cameras are in operation in forests in Carinthia as they do not have to be registered to us," said Freydis Burgstaller-Gredenegger, the society's manager. "We have never had any problems with the cameras up until now."
She added that the cameras were generally used to record animal feeding habits, and placed in areas ringed with signposts telling people to stay out.
So far the politician's blushes have been spared by the society's decision to keep both the photographs and his name secret. The Austrian press has speculated that the politician might prefer to forgo the damages as any court action would risk blowing his anonymity and, quite possibly, his political career.
Mr. Zeger said that if the hunting society wanted to escape any further legal issues, and the inadvertent snapping of the public, then it should reduce the resolution of the cameras to a point that would make it impossible to indentify an individual from a picture.