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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is installing 15 remote cameras along the buffer of public land surrounding the ridge top highway to help the National Park Service monitor wildlife. The new cameras will join a fleet of other cameras that are already in place along the parkway, installed in 2009. The tiny cameras are mounted on trees a foot above the ground, with infrared beams that are triggered by motion. The cameras are also coupled with a luring scent to attract animals. The high tech surveillance equipment captured 2,000 images of wild animals this year alone, giving wildlife biologists the opportunity to study animals they’d rarely get to see otherwise.


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