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February 19, 2020

How to Use Your Xfinity Home Cameras to Track Wildlife

Squirrel Peeking Over Fence

Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or countryside, wildlife probably makes its way through your yard on occasion without your knowledge. They might leave behind clues — a footprint here, a pellet there. Your own pet might pick up a strange scent and spend time sniffing at a tree. If you want to find out what kind of wildlife calls your area home, your Xfinity Home camera can help. After all, you don’t want Fido running loose if a bear is hanging around.

Take advantage of the Xfinity Home Pet Filter

Xfinity Home cameras offer 24/7 recording to ensure your home is safe and monitored. In addition to the 24/7 recording, Xfinity also offers the Pet Filter. This feature is an AI-powered tool that automatically sorts through your camera's footage throughout the day and flags any clips that include your four-legged friend—or maybe a four-legged visitor.

The Pet Filter can separate footage that includes people, cars, and other subjects from footage that includes pets. It uses a complicated machine-learning algorithm that will only get better over time. Since the Xfinity Home Indoor/Outdoor Camera has HD resolution and night vision, you will be able to spot animal shenanigans even in the dead of night. That raccoon isn’t so sneaky now, is he?

If you suspect wildlife is taking a particular route through your yard, place the camera in such a way that it can monitor that specific area. Xfinity cameras have night vision and a wide field of view. Proper placement will make it possible to see a large part of your property with only a single camera.

The Pet Filter feature is included if you have the 24/7 recording option. Note that this option comes at an additional cost on top of the overall plan.

Why use a crittercam?

Many people call a camera used specifically to look for wildlife a “crittercam.” There are a few reasons you might want to use one:

  • You can keep an eye on nuisance wildlife. For instance, your camera can monitor for armadillos that might destroy your garden or raccoons lured by your outdoor garbage bins. Small animals can cause a surprising amount of damage to your home, so a backyard camera can help you spot a potential problem and take steps to prevent it.
  • A wildlife camera offers enjoyment. There’s a reason animal cams at zoos are so popular, after all. It’s relaxing to see animals playing when they aren’t aware of a human presence. You might even catch your pet doing something funny or adorable when playing alone in the backyard.

If you want to know what happens in your yard at night, set up a backyard camera — you might be surprised to learn what kind of critters make themselves at home when you’re away. Depending on where you live, you might even spot a bear ambling around. Xfinity Home offers camera and smart home options to meet all of your exterior viewing needs.

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