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Trail cameras grab snapshots of Nevada wildlife

A trail camera captures a photo of mustangs in the Nevada wild on July 2, 2016 (Photo courtesy Nevada Dept. of Wildlife)

Nevada has hundreds of trail cameras set up around the state that snap photos of all kinds of animals. They capture pictures of the critters when they don’t think anyone is looking.

The photos are used for outdoor and wildlife education programs, as well as hunter education. The cameras belong to the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Nevada Department of Wildlife, among others.

"We use them for all sorts of biological reasons, and we also just want to see what animals are out here. We are using a certain area or taking a different route that day," said Aaron Keller, the Outdoor Education Coordinator at the Department of Wildlife.

The cameras are often set up at guzzlers where critters come to drink water. They've snapped pictures of antelope, deer, sage-grouse, bobcats, mountain lions, golden eagles -- all in their natural settings.

The Nevada Seismology Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno caught an albino elk from one of their cameras 15 miles southeast of Ely.

"Stuff that's pretty sly and you wouldn't think would be coming around, you never see them, you just see tracks... So to see that is really cool," Keller said. "It's just awesome."

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