A family of bears teared down trail cameras that have been set up to monitor wolves in Minnesota — on three different occasions.
The amusing footage was captured on the Voyageurs Wolf Project’s trail cameras in northern Minnesota and posted online on Thursday.
The Voyageurs Wolf Project is a University of Minnesota research initiative designed to understand more about wolves within northern Minnesota’s Greater Voyageurs ecosystem. Researchers use equipment like trail cameras to understand wolf behavior in the area.
The video shows a family of bears — consisting of a mama bear and three cubs — knocking around trail cameras that have set up to monitor wolves.
The footage show the bears clawing at the trail cameras and knocking over the recording equipment three different times.
In a Facebook post, the Voyageurs Wolf Project revealed that the bear family’s destructive interactions with the trail cameras have actually happened on five separate occasions over the past year.
“This mama bear has trained her three cubs to be weapons of mass camera destruction that will terrorize any trail camera found in the woods for years to come,” the Voyageurs Wolf Project amusingly write in a Facebook post.
“This little gang messed with our two cameras at a remote beaver pond on five different occasions over the course of a year.”
Bears Interfering With Trail Cameras
This is not the first time that bears have interfered with trail cameras set up by the Voyageurs Wolf Project. Previously, a bear cub adjusted one of the group’s trail cameras with surprisingly good results — so that the device got close-up videos of the diverse wildlife in Minnesota.
Meanwhile, PetaPixel also reported on a government agency in Colorado that received a surprise recently when it checked on a wildlife trail camera and found that out of hundreds of photos captured, a majority of them were “bear selfies.”
The Open Space and Mountain Parks agency of Boulder, Colorado, uses 9 trail cameras to keep tabs on wildlife across the 46,000-acre land system it oversees. However, they were left stunned when they checked one trail camera and discovered that out of 580 images on it about 400 were selfies of one bear.