POINT REYES (CBS SF) – Over nearly two decades, a system of wildlife cameras have captured some of the most rarely spotted California animals along the Point Reyes National Seashore.

The U.S. Geological Survey cameras were set up following a major 1995 fire to see how well local wildlife bounced back, according to a Marin Independent Journal report. The photos and video are triggered by infrared motion detectors and have captured weasels, bobcats, mountain lions, spotted skunks and even beavers, according to the report.

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In all 26 mammals have been spotted, along with 30 types of birds.

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USGS researchers said the findings indicate that most species recovered well from the fire. Some known species, including porcupines and ring-tailed cats have escaped the cameras.

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