Wisconsin wildlife photos captured on trail cameras by DNR software

Thousands of trail cameras sit in Wisconsin’s woods, plains, and grasslands, silently waiting to snap a photo of a passing animal, a curious bobcat, or a group of galloping otters.

Millions of these images have been compiled for all to see thanks to the Snapshot Wisconsin program created by the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

Many are blurry or only show an ear or tail at the edge of the frame. But others reveal hilarious, anxious, and heart-wrenching scenes—moments rarely seen by humans.

The project has dedicated fans, and photos from the site have been shared widely on Twitter and Facebook after The New York Times recently covered the project (which Journal Sentinel outdoors columnist Paul A. Smith has covered regularly, including for a 2014 article).

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