Using over 400 motion-activated camera traps, Washington State University wildlife biologist Daniel Thornton and his graduate students Travis King and Arthur Scully searched for the rare and elusive lynx in the Kettle Mountains and north Cascades of central Washington.

An assistant professor in the School of Environmental Science, Thornton led the largest lynx camera survey ever done in the state in 2016. The researchers found the first photographic evidence of a lynx in the Kettles in nearly two decades.

Read more about Thorntonā€™s research on lynx. You can also read about Travis King and his work in both Washington and Central America in ā€œTo catch a cat.ā€

The cameras caught more than just lynx; cougars, bears, wolves, and moose also wandered past the cameras in the deep forests of Washington.

(Photos courtesy Travis King)