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#3407175 - 10/17/13 06:30 PM Stolen.....bear or person??
10 Point

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 3611
Loc: va beach

Just over a week ago I put up a brand new Covert Black 60. I used a python lock but not a protective metal case. I notice the camera case itself seemed pretty flimsy. The cable goes through the back of the platic case, so you basically have to break apart the plastic to get it off.

I have got pics with a different camera of both a trespasser and a bear in that area. I have a treestand, big ladder stand, near the camera that wasn't touched.

When I put the camera up, I noticed an active yellow jackets nest right there. I went back at night and sprayed the nest killing it off. That's about 10 feet from where the camera was.

I went to check tonight and the camera is gone. The cable was still tight around the tree in the same place. There was one abrasion on the cable, where the rubber was scraped off and the cable exposed. Other than that it was fine. I instantly thought theft.

I then saw where the yellow jackets nest had been. The ground was dug out and it was empty except for dead yellow jackets at the bottom. The only think I can think of that would do that is a bear. The bear do seem to be attracted to the cameras.

So what was it.....a person or a bear?

trespasser in that spot

#3407212 - 10/17/13 06:55 PM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: pass-thru]
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Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 5718
Loc: Franklin County

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If that is a road in the upper left side of the pic. I will say it was a person that got it.

#3407229 - 10/17/13 07:06 PM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: Rackseeker]
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Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 1858
Loc: Knoxville Tn

Gosh I hate that for you man! I would say a person stole it
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#3407252 - 10/17/13 07:28 PM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: PinchPoint]
10 Point

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 3611
Loc: va beach

That's a dock on a pond. Nowhere near a road but plenty of trespassers make their way through there. Usually they seen the camera and avoid it. I've gotten pictures taken when somebody was messing with it from behind, like this:

Never had one stolen though. The thing that tends to make me think it was a person, is that if a bear bit it off or pulled it, you would think some of the plastic case would be left with the cable.

#3407266 - 10/17/13 07:39 PM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: pass-thru]
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Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 2669
Loc: SouthEast Tenn

Its been my experience that skunks are generally to thank for digging up yellow jackets, but regardless, I actually have had a bear take down one of my cameras, chomped it twice and discarded it about 75 yds from the tree. I wouldn't rule out a bear but since you have pics of the 2 legged variety I'd say that is where your camera went. However, if it was a bear I wouldn't think a bear would carry it far either.
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#3407416 - 10/17/13 08:51 PM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: BlountArrow]
Lost Lake
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Registered: 11/17/12
Posts: 781
Loc: Middle Tn

I'm not into cameras at all but I hate that for you. Ticks me off to see the non chalant attitude of that trespasser. Hope you find it or whoever stole it.
#3407467 - 10/17/13 09:16 PM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: Lost Lake]
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Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 9756
Loc: west tn

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I have heard that they are attracted to the smell of some plastics. You would think if a person stole it they would cut the cable JMO
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#3407671 - 10/18/13 04:50 AM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: Lost Lake]

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 45465
Loc: Just North of Chatt-town

Person, imo. I had a cam stolen early this year, with two stands set on either side of it about 75yds away, and could easily be seen when the leaves were off. I took the stands down, and put up a "surveillance" cam, and caught a guy coming thru at 4 a.m. on a Wed morning, heading directly toward one of the stands, shining his light up on the trees, as if looking for the ladder part of the stand. Good thing I saw the writing on the wall and took them down I think, or they would have been gone as well now I believe. Sorry low life scum sucking something harsh coming to them if ever I catch them out there.


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#3407815 - 10/18/13 07:12 AM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: MUP]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19402
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

I'd put the odds at about 50/50 for either. The fact that you have a bear there, and the fact the cam was "ripped" off the tree remains highly suggestive of a bear, and if you had not previously seen any trespassers, you would be near certain it was a bear?

Carefully check about a 100-yr radius around the cam for any pieces. Hard to imagine a bear carrying it much farther than that before dropping. If you find no evidence of the cam nearby, probably a person took it.

Regardless, I'd want a bear-proof box before placing a new cam at that location.

#3408239 - 10/18/13 11:50 AM Re: Stolen.....bear or person?? [Re: Wes Parrish]
10 Point

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 3611
Loc: va beach

After looking over thea area carefully in daylight, I feel certain it was a trespasser. Appears to be knife scores on the cable. I found one small piece of plastic under the vegetation....that means somebody picked up all the other pieces of broken plastic. Also appeared to be a knife mark on the plastic I found. I believe they tried to pry it off with a knife before smashing it with a rock or something. Lesson learned.....always use a heavy guage theft proof box and conceal them better.

I went around talking to people in the area including some possible suspects...nobody recognizes the guy in the pic. At least they will know that I keep an eye on the place.

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