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New weapon in war against climate change: Surprise! It’s a camera

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Last June, a jaguar named “Sombra” wandered in front of an isolated wildlife camera in the Chiricahua Mountains. Detecting motion, the camera began recording an infrared video. Sombra stopped in front of the camera. Crickets clicked in the darkness while the big cat looked around before wandering off. These wildlife cameras, often used by hunters to track game, change the way conservationists and biologists discover, monitor and view wildlife. The data collected over years of the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring programs will provide substantial data for scientists to better understand the future effects of climate change. Data and footage from the cameras have been used in climate-change arguments, litigation and even spurred solutions such as the Oracle Road wildlife-crossing bridge in Oro Valley. Randy Serraglio, southwest conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity, oversees the wildlife cameras...

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