PHOTOS: Jaguars, Short-Eared Dog Caught in Camera Trap

PHOTOS: Jaguars, Short-Eared Dog Caught in Camera Trap
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Researcher Santiago Espinosa is shown checking one of his camera traps in an undated photo taken during a jaguar survey in Ecuador and released on January 27, 2009.

Espinosa and his team, which includes several members of the Waorani Indian group, uses "passive" camera traps, triggered by an animal's body heat when the creature moves in front of the camera. The cameras must be placed precisely along a trail with signs of jaguar use, such as tree scarring or tracks.

Though extensive, this jaguar census didn't cover the entirety of Ecuador. The Wildlife Conservation Society, though, intends to count jaguars throughout the country, with the hope of someday getting an accurate count of jaguars in the wild.

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— Photograph courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society
 
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