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Carne Seca Wash by Craig Miller

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Taken by
Craig Miller Craig  Miller
Explore score
0.25 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 03, 2008
Date taken
Nov 02, 2008

While following a Northern crested caracara (aka, sacred eagle) through the desert scrub of Sonora, I was led into this wash and got quite a surprise. These carcasses are from livestock which did not die from predator causes. They were, however, dumped in an area occupied by jaguars, pumas, ocelots and other carnivores, and likely drew the attention of these magnificent critters. This a good example of how poor livestock husbandry can create a depredation problem where none existed. Most carnivores have a good sense of smell and many can detect prey, or rotting carcasses, miles away. Any type of dead, diseased or dying animal left in the open is an attractant. Once animals that are both scavengers and hunters get a taste for dead livestock, it is not a big step to go from feeding on a carcass to hunting and killing live cattle or sheep if they are nearby. Hauling away, burying or burning livestock carcasses rather than leaving them out to rot reduces the chances of attracting predators. Once a wolf or jaguar becomes used to a food source, such as dead livestock lying on the ground or in a wash, it is more difficult to stop it from returning to look for an easy meal. Too often poor animal husbandry results in both dead livestock and dead wildlife. Thus, preventing the attraction in the first place is important. For more info visit www.defenders.org/proactive Will open in a new tab or window

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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.2735 (Windows)
Panorama size: 253 megapixels (20620 x 12273 pixels)
Input images: 72 (9 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 92.4 degrees wide by 55.0 degrees high (top=8.8, bottom=-46.2)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Aperture: f/16
Exposure time: 0.004
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 140.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Has subsecond timestamp: no
Horizontal overlap: 31.0 to 54.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 34.4 to 48.2 percent
Computer stats: 1526.36 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:28:57 (1:14 per picture)
Alignment: 10:29, Projection: 6:39, Blending: 1:11:48

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