You’re enjoying a nice hiking trail. A bit primitive, a bit controversial due to proposed land exchange in the area. Perhaps the USFS hung up this motion activated camera pointed in your face as you come around a bend. Perhaps the trail is a thorn in the side of nearby NIMBYs and they’re doing their own cowboy spycraft. Either way, is this wilderness or weirdness? Anyone in this area of Colorado know the story? We called the USFS and got voicemail for about eight people.
Ostensibly, a USFS research camera would be identified with a tag or name written on it. If not, it’s probably an illegal installation. Disappointing either way, really.