A routine check of my wildlife camera, which is located in our Seminole County backyard not too far from Wekiva River Basin, reveals some interesting bear behavior. The carefully hidden remote weather-proof Bushnell HD Trail video camera has a motion-activated sensor that can capture video or still images during the day or night. The stealth camera illuminates the scene with light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are completely invisible to animals and humans.
This is the time of year that the dates on our palm tree begin to ripen and several neighborhood bears stop by to check the readiness of the fruit. In the first night-time video clip, the young black bear moseys to within inches of the camera, approaches the base of the palm tree and immediately leaps to his hind legs, shuffling around the tree trunk. It’s almost as if he is dancing – it’s amazing how agile he is. In the second video clip, a large male black bear appears in the frame, sniffs out the possible food source and goes vertical, reaching for the dates but soon finds the fruit is just not quite right for the picking. In the third night-time video clip, the bear saunters off in search of another food source.
Hidden remote cameras are one of the purest forms to witness wild animal behavior in an urban setting. Stay tuned to orlandosentinel.com for more video from “Critter Cam”.