Trail Cam Catches Austrian Politician Having Sex, Sparks Debate on Marking Camera Locations
Uh, I’m gonna have to check with the editors, but I don’t think this one’s going to be eligible for...
Uh, I’m gonna have to check with the editors, but I don’t think this one’s going to be eligible for the Field & Stream Trail Cam Contest.
From this story on Time.com:
_Wildlife cameras are set up to capture images of animals in their natural habitat. But in Austria, they recorded a politician having sex in the woods. The unnamed politician from the Austrian state of Carinthia chose the wrong spot for his intimate moment among the damp leaves and ants — right in front of hidden cameras owned by southern Austria’s Carinthian Hunting Society.
Getting busy right in front of a hidden game camera is, well, let’s face it, embarrassing to say the least, but the incident has set off an interesting debate on whether hidden trail cameras should be marked.
From the story:
_The incident has set off a debate about privacy in Austria and whether wildlife cameras should be allowed to operate unmarked. One data-protection activist says the cameras pose a threat to people’s rights. The cameras should “at least be marked with signs,” Hans Zeger, head of ARGE Daten, an NGO focused on data protection, told Der Spiegel. This would enable people in the forest to “adjust their behavior and avoid the monitored areas.”
It’s worth noting that the area into which our amorous Austrian and his lady friend wandered was marked with no trespassing signs, so maybe his activities were, shall we say, fair game. But what do you think about trail cams on public land? Should they be marked? Are they required to be flagged or marked in your state? Or would doing so only insure that you’d lose a trail cam. Is there an expectation of privacy in the woods, or does it behoove you to keep your pants on?
And of course, I gotta ask: Has this ever happened to you? Discuss. Tell us, but please don’t show us…