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Old technology with a new twist helps in wildlife research

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Union, West Virginia.. — A distant summit along the West Virginia-Virginia border in Monroe County, West Virginia, with pipes attached to a small building supporting a series of antennas. The aluminum gimmicks and their silver limbs are a return to the early days of American television. Aerial photographs give the look of a typical American home from the 1950s and 1960s.

Technology may be out of date, but its latest evolution offers tremendous opportunities to study wildlife movements.

Once upon a time, this was the roof of every American home to enjoy the new world of television.

“This is an old wireless telemetry technology, but with a twist on the new technology,” explained McFranz, a zoologist at the West Virginia Natural Resources and Wildlife Diversity Program Division.

According to Franz, the antenna picks up UHF frequencies emitted by radio transmitters embedded in wildlife for research purposes. Modern software can distinguish…

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