The video collars also are programmed to record live video periodically throughout daylight hours. The cameras can capture a field of view 180 degrees wide, and store about 80 hours of content.
Among the questions Dellinger is interested in exploring include how wolves affect vigilance, foraging and travel among ungulates. The answers he finds should provide information that leads to better management of game on the reservation. Data about the wolf population—it’s size, distribution, habitat use—should help managers assess future hunting opportunities both for the predator and its prey. There is a carrying capacity associated with everything, Dellinger explained to me in June when I visited him, particularly as it concerns wolves. That concept includes not only a biological carrying capacity but a social carrying capacity: Specifically, how many wolves will humans stand for on a landscape that is farmed, grazed, logged, hunted, hiked … ?
Wolves, however, aren’t the only predators on the landscape of the Colville Indian Reservation. Cougars make a living there, too. The video here was recorded last winter by one of Dellinger’s deer video collars. It shows one deer going about its business of traveling and foraging. Watch closely.
Dellinger thanks the Colville Indian Reservation for graciously allowing him to perform his research. As you’ll see below, his video collars have captured some amazing footage.