I looked at my GPS and walked around circles for a few minutes to locate the actual tree that my camera was placed on.
Finally! I found the tree where I placed my camera but there was no camera on it. In fact, the whole tree was knocked over.
Human tracks marked the area immediately around the tree. Somebody had stolen my camera. What makes this whole scene even more ridiculous is the fact that my cameras are locked around a tree with cables and locks.
Of course, someone might be able to pick the lock or cut the cable, but not this criminal. This person took out a saw, sawed the tree down, sawed the limbs off the tree, and then slipped the cable that my camera was on, right along the length of the tree.
How do I know exactly what this person did? Well here's the thing. Other than the obvious human bootprints, the wrappers left at the scene, and the amount of sawdust under the tree, most of my camera sets are composed of 2 cameras, 3 cameras, or even 4 cameras!
These cameras are pointed at each other in opposing directions. I've got some cameras that are in the holes of trees that even take me over 30 minutes to find.
This camera set actually had a few cameras at the set and around it that caught the action.
Now I'm not the one to investigate or accuse, but the picture below is of the only person that walked in this area (of 3 cameras) and was seen on other cameras with a saw as well. Interesting. . .
Even the local wildlife doesn't seem to steal my cameras, even though the deer get curious sometimes.