Forestry officials from the Yalova Natural Reserve and National Parks are following hard-to-locate, rare animals with five cameras installed at various locations in the area’s forest. Officials seek to locate and catalog several species believed to be facing extinction in the wider Bursa region in northwestern Anatolia. Among the animals tracked by the system are bears, striped hyenas and wildcats (abow), which are known to exist but are hard to locate.
The online system also helps prevent poaching. Officials said thousands of photographs have already been cataloged without disturbing the natural state of the ecosystem. The photos taken are instantly sent to computers and cellphones via multimedia messaging service (MMS) or email.
Local academics are studying the images to analyze the local ecosystem and will be able to closely scrutinize the sustainability of the wildlife. People who are caught illegally hunting are also found and fined.