Surveillance (e.g. trail camera)

Can Cats See or Hear Wildlife Cameras?

Wildlife cameras (also called trail or game cameras) are often recommended by pet detectives as a method to help locate missing cats.  They can be particularly helpful to determine the presence of an escaped indoor-only cat, since these cats tend to hide nearby and venture out at night.  Wildlife cameras are also commonly used by wildlife biologists in …

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When NOT to Use a Tracking Dog to Find a Lost Dog

The idea of using a tracking dog to find a lost dog is very compelling, but most people who pursue this option do not have a good understanding of how a tracking (or trailing) dog works.  In some cases a tracking dog CAN provide useful information for locating a lost dog such as confirming sightings or …

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Wireless Wildlife Cameras and Trap Alarms

Humane cage traps and enclosure traps are effective methods for catching escaped indoor-only cats, outdoor-access cats lost away from home and skittish lost dogs.  However, monitoring a trap is often very labor intensive, especially when set away from your home.  Checking the trap frequently (such as every four hours in good weather) is important not only …

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Online Resources for Selecting and Using a Trail Camera

Trail cameras (also called wildlife, game, scouting, motion-sensitive, surveillance or remote cameras) can be highly effective tools for helping locate and recover displaced cats (including escaped indoor-only cats) and skittish lost dogs.  They can help provide evidence that the lost pet is in the area and whether s/he will enter a humane trap if one …

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