An you imagine the feeling?
This lioness killed no less than 4 impalas in this manner on this very same morning.
It was very dry & this muddy pool offered the only source of water in the area. The impala were condensed whilst drinking due to their large numbers, and some ventured so deep that they got themselves firmly stuck.
The lioness, being ever opportunistic, moved in for the kill. On this occasion, she powered her way through very deep, thick mud. In fact, I thought she herself might end up getting stuck. Incredible strength from Africa's big cat!
Little did I know that moments after this picture, peacefully enjoying my last sundowner in the Serengeti, I would be in the midst of a full blown hunt. I don't think my friends or I have ever packed up and jumped into the Landy as quickly as that before in order to follow the chase. An unforgettable moment in Tanzania 🇹🇿🦁 #lionhunt#tanzania#conservation#serengeti
Reanimation // From a new series of photo stories and interviews (yet to be released) I've been working on over the past year and a half focusing on the different types of human and animal relationships found in contemporary times. Pictured here in this outtake from the project is a full body lion trophy waiting in a taxidermy shop to be mounted onto his "habitat" and picked up by the hunter, USA. In the background the FDA licensed taxidermist, also a hunter of African fauna, works on goose mount. .
. "Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game for human recreation. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt (usually the skin, antlers, horns, head or full body taxidermied mounts). In most circumstances the carcass itself is usually used for food, sometimes donated to the local community". ~wiki .
There is large debate over the morality of trophy hunting, it's actual contribution to conservation, and the positive and/or negative repercussions it can have on animal populations. I've recently come to realize it's a very layered subject and not at all black and white. Factors like place, management, governmental ethics, politics, money, and culture all come into play. As I continue my research I can see how blanket statements from either side of the debate can cause more harm than good, eliciting emotionally fueled reactions, which can lead to misunderstanding, as well as the spread of misinformation. There are no easy answers and there are no easy immediate solutions. .
How does this image make you feel? How do you feel about what you understand trophy hunting to be and why? Are you willing to try to set your emotions aside and truly attempt to understand the "other side" of your own belief system?
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Day 5, final day. Lion hunters 0, lions 5. Had a great day of trailing. Dogs cold trailed for 4.5 hours but we just couldn't catch up to the cat. 5 AWESOME days of desert riding with @geckoguy4 and our awesome guide. #lionhunt#houndhunting#cougarhunting#horsehunt
@tlelston, good friend and client of @worldwidehunts, kicked off the Cougar season with his beautiful tom from the great state of Utah. As Taylor stated perfectly, although this is “his Lion,” he played a small role in the overall pursuit and the real credit goes towards @worldwidehunts’ trusted outfitter’s team of houndsmen and dogs. If you’ve never experienced a hunt behind some quality hounds, it’s an absolute must. It takes a lot of work and resources to chase the most elusive animal in North America. Congratulations to Taylor on his successful Cougar hunt, and a fantastic 2017 with @worldwidehunts.
Great post from @oneillops. Tag us in your shots for a chance to be featured. #GoWild ・・・
My Godfather and I were in our North country looking for strays (cattle) when we spotted this male Lion 400yds across a canyon. The 130lb male moved into some thick cover so we flanked around a ridge, deployed the FoxPro shockwave and had him pop out 150yds in front of us!
I was notified by the SDGFP this a.m. that he was tagged last November in Nebraska over 100 miles from this location as a 5 month old kitten... We have seen minimal to zero mule and whitetail deer for a while now in the area we killed this Cat... This is the reason.
After a day out @nationalgallerysingapore, we’re going to bed with #radensaleh on the brain.
Here’s a little close-up from one of his lion hunt scenes - look at the tiny people off in the distance - what incredible detail!
We’ve got a lot of predators in our area and hoping to get on some tracks next month with our buddies Daniel & JC from @trujillo_creek_outfitters (amazing lion hunters) - FACT: A primary food source for the mountain lion is deer and on average is known to kill one a week.