SOUTH COUNTY, RI (WPRI) – An interaction between a female bobcat and her kitten has been recorded on a surveillance camera set up in southern Rhode Island.
Elise Torello tells 12 News that she has been doing “camera trapping” for almost six years. The idea was born out of her interest in seeing what kinds of animals roam near her home.
“I started with a very cheap camera, but was quickly disappointed with the poor video quality and slow camera trigger speed,” she added.
Torello said that if the trigger speed was too slow, the animals would often be gone before the video started recording.
Torello now has five cameras in the woods around his property which are secured in locked security boxes.
“I see all the very common animals you would expect in RI: squirrels, deer, rabbits, red foxes, raccoons and coyotes,” Torello said.
Sometimes, according to Torello, cameras capture animals that aren’t as common such as bobcats, anglers, minks, weasels, flying squirrels, river otters, muskrats and even an occasional gray fox. but surprisingly no bear sightings yet.
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However, Torello said some of his most interesting captures were of birds, including:
- A great blue heron catching and eating a largemouth bass
- A great horned owl catching a largemouth bass
- Several bird species including prey, waterfowl and songbirds
“One of the reasons I love doing this is how much my friends enjoy my videos,” Torello added. “They tell me all the time how much they love seeing the animals do their thing, not knowing they’re being taped.”
Torello said she hopes if people can see a bobcat, coyote or fisherman, they’ll be grateful and not afraid of those wild animals.
See more videos on Torello’s YouTube page.