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Identifying Individuals On Trail Camera Footage

Fox with a short tail

One of the tricky parts of working with trail camera footage is when you are trying to decide how many individuals you have seen on camera. If you are just trying to determine presence or absence from a certain species from a site then identifying individuals on trail camera footage isn’t an issue, but if you are looking at population size estimates, finding ways to identify individuals is key.

For foxes, one of the best ways to identify individual animals is by facial marks and tails. If you watch the footage below, we got lucky with this fox, he is very easy to identify.