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Surveillance Cameras Installed at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to Capture Cougar Sightings

Published by Ellen on August 15, 2012 12:47 PM

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a vast wildlife reserve that spans almost two million acres on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, is home to brown bears, black bears, mouse, and caribou. The area is a destination that attracts campers, wildlife enthusiasts, and hikers across the world. Despite its rich abundance of mammals, the reserve has never once been considered a habitat for cougars-- until now.

Recent sightings of long-tailed cats have caught the attention of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge biologists who have since turned their efforts on trail cameras as a way to prove that these sightings are in fact real.

At present, up to seven cameras have been used on the Eastern half of the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, as most sightings have occurred here. While the cameras have yet to capture actual mountain lions, the cameras have been able to film other animals basking in their natural habitat. The reserve was so impressed with the surveillance footage that it has since uploaded video onto its official Facebook page as a way to draw in tourists.