Idaho Camera Traps


This data set contains approximately 1.5 million camera trap images from Idaho. Labels are provided for 62 categories, most of which are animal classes (“deer”, “elk”, and “cattle” are the most common animal classes), but labels also include some state indicators (e.g. “snow on lens”, “foggy lens”). Approximately 70.5% of images are labeled as empty. Annotations were assigned to image sequences, rather than individual images, so annotations are meaningful only at the sequence level.

The metadata contains references to images containing humans, but these have been removed from the dataset (along with images containing vehicles and domestic dogs).

Citation, license, and contact information

Images were provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. No representations or warranties are made regarding the data, including but not limited to warranties of non-infringement or fitness for a particular purpose. Some information shared under this agreement may not have undergone quality assurance procedures and should be considered provisional. Images may not be sold in any format, but may be used for scientific publications. Please acknowledge the Idaho Department of Fish and Game when using images for publication or scientific communication.

Data format

Annotations are provided in COCO Camera Traps format.

For information about mapping this dataset’s categories to a common taxonomy, see this page.

Downloading the data

Metadata is available here (25MB).

Images are available in the following cloud storage folders:

  • gs://public-datasets-lila/idaho-camera-traps/public (GCP)
  • s3:// (AWS)
  • (Azure)

We recommend downloading images (the whole folder, or a subset of the folder) using gsutil (for GCP), aws s3 (for AWS), or AzCopy (for Azure). For more information about using gsutil, aws s3, or AzCopy, check out our guidelines for accessing images without using giant zipfiles.

If you prefer to download images via http, you can. For example, the image referred to in the metadata file as:


…can be downloaded directly from any of the following URLs (one for each cloud):

Finally, though we don’t recommend downloading this way, images are also available in five giant zipfiles:

Images (part 0) (GCP) (AWS) (Azure) (300GB)
Images (part 1) (GCP) (AWS) (Azure) (300GB)
Images (part 2) (GCP) (AWS) (Azure) (300GB)
Images (part 3) (GCP) (AWS) (Azure) (300GB)
Images (part 4) (GCP) (AWS) (Azure) (250GB)

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Other useful links

MegaDetector results for all camera trap datasets on LILA are available here.

Information about mapping camera trap datasets to a common taxonomy is available here.

Posted by Dan Morris.