The automated bear trap is a live culvert trap that has 5 main structural components.
At first glance the automated bear trap looks alot like most other culvert traps. However skillfully hidden in some of the traps standard components are a few unique features. These designs were developed and patented by Alter Enterprise of Missoula, MT. Below are the five ways that the automated trap outperforms a non automated trap.
The trap resides on a standard size trailer that can be pulled by a truck.
A 10 foot long culvert trap is welded to the trailer. The inside of the culvert includes a food area, water trough, bait arm, color camera with IR capabilities and air holes/barred windows. The wide circumference of the automated bear trap makes it easy to remove the bear safely from the trap and to place the bear back into the trap after biological data has been collected by bear managers.
The back of the culvert, opposite the door is where the electronics are stored. This metal box contains the specialized equipment that opens/closes the door, sends alerts, monitors the temperature and uploads the images to a secure website.
A satellite dish is available for remote locations that do not have cell coverage.
Solar panels connect to the trap to power the batteries in remote areas.