Eagles Dragging Mountain Goats Off Of Cliffs Might Be The Smartest Form Of Hunting In Nature

I spend a lot of time on the internet… it’s sort of my job.

I see LOTS of crazy stuff, probably too much for my own sanity, but these giant eagles are maybe the craziest things on the internet.

Some time ago, we shared a video of an attempt to snatch an eight-year-old child in Kyrgyzstan, and while terrifying, it wasn’t quite able to lift the child off the ground and fly away. She was unhurt, but still… head on a whirl in the land of golden eagles.

And while they usually hunt smaller mammals, they think nothing of attacking a boar, a wolf or a bear, and sometimes… even humans.

But perhaps their craziest hunting method… mountain goats.

Adult golden eagles can grow to more than 3.5 feet long from beak to tail, with wingspans of up to 8 feet. The birds weigh between 7 and 12 pounds on average – about the size of a newborn lamb. With a grip strength of about 750 pounds per square inch, that’s stronger than a lion’s jaws.

Soaring thousands of feet in the air with vision that stretches for miles… these flying raptors are ferocious killers indeed.

But when it comes to mountain goats, these eagles will dig their claws into their backs and use that insane gripping power to pull the mountain goat off a cliff and let gravity do the rest.

Even if they can do just enough to make the goat lose its footing, at that height it’s game over.

It’s awesome and efficient.

Deer hunt with eagles

I see your rifle hunt, I see your bow hunt, and I exalt you…

Deer hunt with an eagle.

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never seen anything like it.

We all know how dogs run while chasing wild boar (or bears for the folks that do), but never in my life have I seen an eagle, one of the world’s most primitive birds, used for deer hunting .

A video has gone viral of a hunter releasing an eagle while the deer sprints away in the other direction.

In fact, the eagle tracks down the deer and takes down its prey, and that’s ball game.

This type of hunting is practiced in parts of Europe, most notably Hungary, as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.

A few videos have surfaced over the years of this practice, but they have been few.

It’s WILD…

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