Seattle City Light's motion-activated cameras have captured some great images of wildlife that lives on some of the utility’s property in the Skagit River watershed.
The cameras are one of the tools utility biologists are using to monitor its fish and wildlife areas.
Elk, black bear, deer, coyotes and a barn owl are among the animals City Light biologists have photographed recently.
“Photos from the cameras give us an indication of how often common species use these lands,” City Light Wildlife Biologist Ron Tressler said. “Also, these cameras sometimes detect more elusive species and animals that are difficult for us to spot on our own because they are more active at night or have large home ranges.”
Seattle City Light has acquired more than 10,000 acres of land in the Skagit River watershed to preserve and enhance wildlife and fish habitat. This is one of the requirements of the license to operate the Skagit Hydroelectric Project.
The utility is also using the cameras as a tool to monitor properties that are periodically subjected to vandalism, tree theft, illegal garbage dumping, and trespass by ATV riders and trucks behind locked gates.
Seattle City Light funds wildlife research grants as part of the Skagit license requirements.