Perhaps the Best Game Camera Shot Ever Taken

Perhaps the Best Game Camera Shot Ever Taken

This picture of an amazingly ambitious golden eagle was taken in West Virginia and submitted by Brian Kain to biologist Kevin Oxenrider, who then submitted it to Todd Katzner, who works for the U.S. Geological Survey and collects game camera shots as part of a long-term citizen-science project. You can learn more about the project here.

What’s even more amazing is that the camera was not set up over bait.

Best to stop typing here and let the image speak for itself.

  1. Michael Bushey → in Smithfield, Maine
    Nov 24, 2017

    Although I know this life in the wild I am saddened by the look of terror in the deer’s eyes

  2. Charlie Schwarz → in South Williamsport, PA
    Nov 24, 2017

    It’s a great photo but ... There’s no question that golden eagles are capable of attacking and killing small deer—but if this is the only photograph of the encounter it does not necessarily depict an eagle attacking a deer.  All of the disturbed snow seems to indicate that the deer was pawing for food beneath the snow. If that food was acorns, or scattered corn there may well have been squirrels as well as deer feeding. A golden eagle would be much more likely to try for a squirrel than a deer.

    Just because everyone who eats carrots eventually dies it does not follow that carrots are toxic. Just because a golden eagle and a white-tail are in the same photo it does not necessarily follow that the eagle is attacking the deer. Sometimes things are not as they seem.

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