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A wildlife camera in Boulder, Colorado captured about 400 "selfies" after a curious black bear thought to investigate the camera.
Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks posted some of the lovely photos on Twitter on Monday.
“Recently a bear discovered a wildlife camera we use to monitor wildlife in #Boulder open space,” the park system wrote.
"Of the 580 photos captured, about 400 were bear selfies."
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Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks operates nine cameras around its more than 40,000 acres of land.
The cameras, which are motion-activated, take a still photo when they detect an animal's movement and then take videos that are between 10 and 30 seconds long, according to a Boulder city news release published in August.
The bear took hundreds of selfies with a motion-activated wildlife camera.
Source: City of Boulder. The information from the cameras helps park staff learn about wildlife behavior and protect crucial areas of their habitat, according to the statement.
“Motion detection cameras provide us with a unique opportunity to learn more about how local species use the landscape around us and minimize our presence in sensitive habitats,” Will Keeley, Boulder Open's senior wildlife ecologist, said in the statement. Space and Mountain Parks.
“These cameras play an important role in helping OSMP staff identify important wildlife areas.
The information we collect about them is used to recommend habitat protection measures to help protect sensitive natural areas."
The city of Boulder told CNN there are no known brown bears in Colorado, only black bears.
According to a 2015 report published by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, gauging the size of the state's black bear population is difficult due to the species' "solitary and elusive" nature.
The department said the "conservative estimate" was that there were between 17,000 and 20,000 bears in the state.