by Mike Williams
As human beings, hunters and anglers actually prefer to go out into the Great Outdoors with other friends. Hunters team up for a day of searching for that trophy buck to take home, choosing to rarely be a solo artist in the forest. (Although the angler may just choose to go it alone in order to have peace and quiet out on the lake).
More and more research is being done showing the same types of social behavior exist in both humans and their prey. And with this new research comes better understanding of how a family operates when it comes to ‘kill or be killed.’
The mobbing behavior that has come to light recently regarding the killer whale and how they bring down that must-have seal has not only been discovered in them. In fact, using mobbing as a way of confusing and attacking prey has been seen in other far smaller species. (Unfortunately, it has also been seen in humans).
It’s a fact that many types of birds will appear at the sight of a mobbing. They watch and call, but do not participate. (Yet again, they resemble humans as being the ‘ones that cheer in the stands.’) Mobbing for birds, however, can actually be turned against them. Crows can be mobbed by a flock of birds far smaller in size at the same time as they are getting together to rob the eggs that are resting in the nests above.
One of the most human traits found is the fact that these same crows who want to prey on the eggs of the smaller birds, actually turn on a dime and take their place in the songbirds’ ranks to help stop hawks or larger predators that are coming to swoop in. Hunting together for the crow means being on the right side in order to gain the best advantage. Can you say human being, anyone?
When pack hunting is brought up the image that usually comes to mind is a pack of wolves. These are the best pack hunters, per science and history, that have ever seen the light of day. Working together, each family member knows their place and rank in the family. Both males and females hunt and they each have a job to do, and get it done. Through sight, motion, scent, as well as howling calls, the wolves continue to be successful against their prey because of the military precision they use to get what they need in order to survive.
Pack hunters you may be unaware of include the pesky ant. The ant family knows exactly what they’re doing and will work out schematics when it comes to getting into your home, heading across the floor for the only piece of food that the vacuum didn’t find, in order to conglomerate and bring it back to their hill piece by piece. (Unfortunately, some of the family chooses to stay in your house)
Yet another pack hunter is one that would never be thought of in that way. The lone eagle will always be an American symbol. They are the wise, intelligent and slightly scary-looking wanderer of the sky. Eagles are known to be loners, and keep their majestic hunting instincts to themselves. But…that is not true at all.
With the killer whale research coming forth to educate scientists, they are also beginning to learn more and more about the eagle, and how ‘lone’ may not be the right adjective to use at all. The eagle – along with their hawk brothers – actually team up with their respective partners when it comes to attacks.
The eagle is an extremely intelligent creature. Not many know the inner-workings of that mind. All the attack will ever show is the fact that the eagle can deceive. They mount concerted and complex attacks on their prey, and they are 99.9% successful whenever they give it a go. By working together, the eagle can even bring down larger prey, such as deer and antelope.
They would make the Air Force proud. An eagle will dive, utilize barrel rolls, and execute swooping tactics that seem to bring them from 0 to 60 in a second-and-a-half, only to then turn their dive-bomb into a perfect landing with talons unleashed. They can dart, bob, weave – and both male and female show their dominance every time.
So, what’s the social hunter? Well, they are nothing like the social networks out there. In fact, they are given an odd title, considering the fact that the social hunter always hunts alone. There will never be a pack along for the ride when it comes to getting what they want.
So when you head into that Great Outdoors, make sure you remember that you’re not the only pack looking for victory.
Source: Baret News Wire