The flip side to SuperPersistentPredator, this is what happens when a dangerous creature with the intellect and mindset of a wild animal, which has no business knowing what closed-circuit cameras, firearms, vehicles or other man-made devices are, nevertheless avoids these objects like the plague. This guarantees that the heroes who report it to the authorities will never be believed, as no photographic evidence exists to document its presence.

The creature will know not to leave tracks, claw tree bark, or dump a load where it might be found, save by a master tracker who's escorting the heroes. Likewise, this trope ensures that the creature will consistently find unarmed victims (usually [[AssholeVictim confirmed jerkasses]] or [[FanService lone sexy females]]) to prey upon, even as the armed hunters, police, and/or soldiers scouring the woods for the mysterious threat walk right by without noticing. In extreme cases, the creature might slip right by dozens of potential witnesses by sheer luck.

Sometimes clumsily justified as the creature disliking the smell of weapons or machinery, although it'll always lose that aversion in time for a climactic battle with the heroes. If this goes on long enough, viewers and/or characters may eventually deduce that ItCanThink.
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* The Xenomorphs from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise are ''very'' smart if perhaps not fully sapient (they cut the power, sneak past defenses using ducts, lay ''traps'' using bait. It seems they are at least as intelligent as humans, but driven entirely by instinct (mainly to kill, but if a queen is around to lay [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong eggs]] they will capture targets ''alive'' instead).
* The first American remake of ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' has the titular monster somehow being able to hide in the middle of New York City. Quickly revealed to be because it uses the City's subway systems to burrow around Manhattan Island.
* In ''Film/{{Alligator}}'', the gator always retreats to the sewers unseen after its nightly hunts, rather than staying outside to bask in the sun as any real alligator would.
* Many, many AttackOfTheKillerWhatever movies from the Syfy Channel play this trope 100% straight.
* {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}} in ''Night Claws'', the Creator/RebBrown movie. It seems to hide BehindTheBlack sometimes and just straight up murders people in clearings of forests. The latter is {{Justified|Trope}} because [[spoiler: there's a pack of them.]]
* The Graboids in the ''{{Tremors}}'' series. Justified since they live and hunt underground and are therefore invisible to most tracking techniques.
** ''Tremors 2'' subverts this. Earl and Grady have a major OhCrap moment at how smart the Graboid hatchlings seem to be after they destroy a running car engine to block any escape and take out the radio tower so they can't call for help. Then someone observes that their rudimentary vision is based on heat signatures, and they only went after the car and the tower because both were putting off heat.
-->'''Grady:''' [[AchievementsInIgnorance You mean they've been acting so smart 'cuz they're so]] ''[[AchievementsInIgnorance stupid]]''?
* One would think that ''somebody'' in ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' would've immediately noticed the arrival of hundreds of venomous serpents in the passenger cabin, but it takes so long that they infiltrate every inch of the aircraft and even the purse a woman ''is holding'' before anyone catches wise. This is especially jarring, given how many of the snakes are brightly-colored and would '''want''' bigger animals such as humans to spot this warning-coloration and keep away, so have no particular reason to hide.

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* Seems to apply to most of the creatures on ''{{Primeval}}'', even the ones that otherwise act incredibly stupid due to low brain/body ratios.
* For brainless corpses that shouldn't have a clue how to be sneaky, walkers on ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' are remarkably good at lurching past sentries right when the humans' attention is distracted.

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* There's a very creepy Real Life example: the Lions of Tsavo. There were no cameras, but they did do things like avoiding an ambush to go attack helpless people in a hospital, avoided bait, and alarmingly good tactics. Modern experts in lion behavior who investigated the incident concluded that at least part of it was because many of the actions that were taken to try to protect the workers and stop the lions were based on assumptions of lion behavior that were widely believed at the time but were actually false. The Lions of Tsavo were given the movie treatment in ''Film/TheGhostAndTheDarkness''.
** Actually rather true of a ''lot'' of RealLife maneaters, [[HadToBeSharp at least the ones who last long enough]] to get names like the Champawat Tigress, the Leopard of Rudraprayag, and the Beast of Gevaudan (which served as the inspiration for ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'').
* Cats, wolf and trapdoor spiders, snakes, and owls are just a few of the stealthy predators out there that are in fact very good at what they do, maybe not against cameras, but definitely against their prey.

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