As noted last quarter,
the MSU Wildlife Management course once more did their lab work on our
One part of the lab is to locate radio collars the professor has hidden;
in actual practice,
these collars would be on wild animals.
The other part of the lab is to place cameras where the students
estimate there will be interesting activity;
an important sub-part of that is to make sure they get good GPS
coordinates for the placements so the professor can find them in a few
The more trouble he has finding them,
the more points deducted from the grade.
We know there are mountain lions around,
having seen their kills;
for many years we have been hoping to get a picture.
This year a student finally caught four pictures of one.
Mountain lions prowl in the dark,
so the picture quality is poor;
the contrast was so poor one could barely make out a shape.
Gary improved the contrast and made a 4 second movie using the pictures.
The students got a
picture of a wolf
two years ago,
which is actually more unusual.