In April, we placed five trail cameras on the Eagle Creek Community Forest property. Three weeks later we pulled the memory cards to see if we captured any images of wildlife.

We expected to see coyote, deer, and elk.  But imagine our surprise to find images of a bobcat, mountain lion, and black bear!


Our cameras also caught pictures of lone humans walking along the haul road through the property.  We want to caution anyone that walks the road to realize that large animals may be present.  You may look like food or like a threat to some of those animals.

We ask that you please be very cautious when walking the road.  Walking with a buddy is highly recommended.

If you do see wildlife, we’d appreciate hearing about it!  We have started a wildlife spreadsheet and would love to add your sightings to it.



The bobcat was seen on April 24, 2019 and on May 3, 2019.

Mountain lion

The mountain lion strolled by twice on April 27, 2019.  An elk passed by the camera one hour before the mountain lion went by.

Black bear

The black bear ambled by on May 5, 2019.


We’d love to receive your comments!

Tom Salzer

Tom has worked with conservation districts since 1992, managing district operations and providing statewide help on governance, technology, and accountability issues. He has been a board director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and president of the Washington Association of District Employees. Tom is the General Manager for the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District. He serves as the Pacific Region representative for the National Conservation District Employees Association and also represents NCDEA on the NACD Tribal Outreach Resource Policy Group. Tom also serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.

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