The 6,000-Year-Old Tradition Of Hunting With Eagles Is Dying Out
In Mongolia, the Kazakh ethnic group hunts with eagles to supply food and for competition.By Melissa Prax | October 3, 2016
The swiftness, speed and tact of hunting with eagles is pretty amazing to watch. But the more than 6,000-year-old tradition in Mongolia is slowly disappearing.
Eagle hunting is used by the Kazakh ethnic group. It helps supply food in winter, is used as a coming of age ritual for boys and a sport in an annual festival.
The Golden Eagle Festival has recently drawn in tourists to watch a series of competitions unfold. Tourism in the area has caused tightened wildlife preservation, but that's only part of the reason eagle hunting isn't as widely used.