In the late 1800s and early 1900s, northwest Ohio was clear cut to make way for the expansive agriculture industry, and many native species of plants and animals vanished. Since then, metro parks, wildlife preserves and state parks have been working together to restore native ecosystems and habitats. Several of these extirpated species may be moving back into their former habitat in the Toledo area, as they are throughout the United States.
The Toledo Zoo is setting up camera traps to monitor animals that live in the Green Ribbon Corridor which ranges from Secor Metropark south to Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. The project will help identify the absence or presence of many animals, including bobcats, badgers, turkey, black bear, coyote, deer and mesopredators like raccoons, skunks and opossums. This Wild Toledo trail camera initiative is using cameras generously donated by Bass Pro Shops. The Nature Conservancy has also provided additional cameras for deployment on their properties.
Wild Toledo biologists go out and set the cameras near game trails and in areas with high reported activity and then return to those cameras weeks later to retrieve a small SD card that hold the images. These photos are then cataloged and sorted by species and location.
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