In 2014, our cameras recorded mammals passing by day and night, on and near the trail. Besides people, 6,624 dogs, and 142 house cats, we recorded images of 2,379 wild mammals during our 6-week study.
1,167 White-tailed deer
358 Gray fox
348 Northern raccoon
189 Eastern gray squirrel
100 Eastern cottontail
52 Virginia opossum
38 Red fox
11 River otter
1 American beaver
Technical Issues in 2016 - but a bobcat!
In 2016, our cameras were improperly aligned with the greenway trails and set at too low a sensitivity to motion. As a result, our counts of people and other animals cannot be compared to our 2014 data. We will try again in the future.
We did, however, capture a single bobcat, something we did not see in 2014.
People by day, wildlife by night (2014)
One reason you might not see a lot of wildlife while you're out on the greenways is because they're working a different shift.
Peak use by people was during daylight hours - especially between the period 3-4PM.
Wildlife activity peaked before dawn and after dark.
Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife (the greenways are closed at night).
Gray fox – Coyote Interactions (2014)
Our cameras recorded images of coyotes 111 times during the six-week period they were operating. We discovered that gray foxes appeared less frequently at sites where coyotes were also recorded - the foxes might be trying to avoid the coyotes.
This effort is a collaboration among NC State University; Raleigh Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources; the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences; and WakeNature Preserves Partnership. This effort is being led and conducted by students in a course on Natural Resources Measurements at NC State University.