CARNIVORE RESEARCH

Northwest Carnivore Monitoring

Developing advanced research methods to save local species

PROTECTING CARNIVORES

 

A Future for Northwest Carnivores

Carnivores such as wolverines, Canada lynx, black bears, wolves, cougars, fishers, and martens call the Cascade Mountains home. This range is one of the only places in the contiguous US to support these iconic and, often, rare species.

Climate change and human disturbance are threats to these species, and monitoring their populations is important for effective conservation.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

Woodland Park Zoo has been developing and employing methods to monitor carnivores in remote and rugged locales. These methods enable us to track their recovery in local ecosystems, and their response to human disturbance and climate change.

We have successfully developed and employed noninvasive methods—methods that don’t require capturing wild animals and that, therefore, can eliminate handling and stress—for surveying rare species that inhabit large areas and are difficult to study. This includes a high-tech scent dispenser and camera-trap protocol that is being adopted widely by researchers.

 

Hope for Northwest Carnivores


Camera trap image of a Coyote in the wild

Project Collaboration


We are developing monitoring frameworks that are effective for multiple species simultaneously, which reduces costs and maximizes resources, allowing agencies and managers to more effectively track and conserve difficult to survey species.

Camera trap image of a black bear in the wild

Developing Better Data


Our monitoring methods complement cutting-edge data analysis techniques—including artificial intelligence and machine learning—which are increasingly providing more detailed and useful information about wild animal populations.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

 

Research in Your Community

Woodland Park Zoo is working with our staff, volunteers and community partners to deploy camera traps in city and county parks across the greater Seattle region. We also launched our Carnivore Spotter website where you can record and share your carnivore sightings. Visit carnivorespotter.org now to report or explore local carnivore sightings throughout Seattle!

 

Carnivore Spotter

MORE WAYS TO HELP

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURE
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