The video, which was automatically recorded by motion sensing, shows a large bear slowly coming into range of surveillance cameras in the early morning and then patiently “Pavement‘, then slept comfortably.
“I couldn’t believe it, it was amazing,” Martinez told The Epoch Times. “He slept for four hours in a very pleasant position, he ‘stretched his arms or stretched his loins.’, and did not wake. Until about noon.”
Earlier, Martínez was found trampling on the ground nearby, a behavior that bears use to mark their territory, so he thought it was possible to photograph something unexpected in the area. Nearby was another one he had previously set up.Tracking cameraI have seen this bear.
“I had high hopes, but I didn’t expect the bear to be right in the center of the camera,” Martinez said, “and it was a big surprise.”
In fact, Martinez has been tracking this unusual bear named Wilford since 2019. A spot on its nose that Martinez believes may have been caused during a “battle” with another bear for mating rights or territory.
The photographer has been installing hidden cameras in the Los Angeles National Forest since 2012, initially targeting the valley’s mountain lions, but has also captured dozens of bears.
Bears are usually seen during mating season in the spring and summer, so they are hard to see most of the year. They mark their territory in a way that is recognizable to their companions.
“They love to rub against the trees,” Martinez said, “they rub against the trees, scratch their backs and heads to get off their scent, turn around and hug the trees. Wilford likes to grab the trees with his claws.”
They announce to other male bears: “This is my territory, beware!” He added.
In addition to bears and cougars, Martinez has photographed lynx, deer and other wildlife.
He said he hopes to raise awareness about wildlife by showing through his footage “what animals do when their habitat is being destroyed without anyone bothering them – this video is what you can watch”.
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