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  1. Trail cam photos can be hit or miss. They can be very clear and detailed and they can be the exact opposite. Lots of factors involved. I believe (yes I could be wrong, just my opinion) a clear photo of a bigfoot with good provenance (no anonymous camera owners, mystery dates or locations) would spur scientific interest for further research into the area. That being said, Norseman is absolutely correct. One needs a body for full acceptance of the existence of bigfoot. If I found a new lizards species, photos would not cut it for acceptance.
  2. Snow leopards are photographed with trail cameras and individuals are photographed on different cameras (recapture). Population densities of snow leopards are estimated from this data.
  3. Gigantor, how many cameras do you run? what animals have you documented? I definitely agree on the fun part of it.
  4. There's also an NGO called "Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project" in the central cascades of Washington state. I just downloaded their 2015 field season report. Really well done. They have been operating for over 10 years and document rare species; lynx, grizzly bear, wolves, and wolverines in addition to whatever else goes by their cameras; elk, deer, rabbits, people etc. It's mostly volunteers that maintain the cameras. And no, no bigfoot yet. I'm sure there are more projects like this going on. I was just doing a google search and this popped up. Might be something that people here could emulate.
  5. To get back to the original question. The lack of trail camera evidence points to low population densities combined with small home ranges and short distance daily movment. If you move frequently for large distances over a large area then the probability of getting your photo taken by a trail camera goes way up. This seems to be contrary to what most people believe/speculate about bigfoot and is definitely not the norm for a large mammal in general. So that would indicate a stable, plentiful food supply in the home range.
  6. The bait stations would be more attractive or stand out better in the winter too.
  7. Great idea with the peanut butter jar! Any chance you could do more bait stations? If you can only have a few stations then it would be better to run them for a long time. If you did this over a number of years you could index the deer or elk population each year but dividing the number of animals documented by the number of trap nights/days. One trap set for one day/night is one trap night/day. So 10 traps/stations for 10 nights/days is 100 trapping nights/days. Obviously you'd rather index bigfoot populations but if you aren't getting any of those might be fun to monitor what you are getting.
  8. Norseman, how many stations do you run and for how long?
  9. Oh, also you need like 20,30 or 40 of these stations not just 1 or 2.
  10. 200 meters was just for example. Not sure on what spacing but as with all things bigfoot you'd have to guess based on other animal models (grizzly bear? gorillas?) or what your best guess on what bigfoot biology is. I'd agree 200m is too close. Also maybe try to focus in the vicinity of a river or what you think might be a draw for bigfoot.
  11. Have you had any luck? How many blocks do you use and what spacing? I'm thinking like a trap line, e.g. 20 bait stations spaced every 200 meters or so.
  12. Has anyone tried to repeat the conditions that produced the imprint? Use bait/attractant for tracking station or a trail camera?
  13. I think that grizzly bear numbers in the lower 48 are kept artificially low. Right now I can't see why bigfoot in the lower 48, would not be as common as grizzly bears in Canada or Alaska.
  14. Would grizzly bears be a better model for bigfoot population density/numbers than black bear due their size (grizzlies)?
  15. Before trail cameras, tracking stations were popular for wildlife detection. Basically some type of bait in conjunction with some type of smoothed substrate (sand, fine dirt, special paper or plate for small mammals). With the advent of trail cameras I have not heard much about people using tracking stations anymore, but might be worth a try.