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Deer

Tracking Technology
The DeerNet system consists of a miniature video camera in a weatherproof shell, a battery system that allows hundreds of hours of operation, and a UHF transmitter to relay data. The cameras mount temporarily to the animals’ antlers and necks and images are sent to the receiving and recording station in real time.
The camera is light-activated to conserve
battery power at night.

Images:
A male white-tailed deer—one of several Missouri deer researchers used to test deercam capabilities—carries the system mounted to his antlers and neck. Researchers confirmed the deer were not adversely affected when outfitted with the camera.
Credit:
Missouri Department of Conservation