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Developing an automated system for screening wildlife trail ...


March 2019 - August 2019


Trail cameras are commonly used to monitor wildlife in a variety of situations. These motion activated cameras can result in a huge volume of digital images, many of which do not contain animals. The screening process is time and labor intensive. Our goal is to develop a machine learning method that will allow an automated process to determine images that do and do not have wildlife present. Those with positive detections can them be sent to a folder for human evaluation.

This project is being funded by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

If this process is successful, it will provide a substantial cost savings to agencies and other researchers using motion activated cameras as part of research and/or monitoring programs.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 43

Scientific Publications: 68

Presentations: 159



Funding Agencies

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute