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Mongolia The horsemen of Mongolia have long used birds of prey to help them spot game for hunting on the wide open prairies.

title: hunting wolves with a golden eagle in Mongolia. --- ENGLISH --- In western Mongolia, an ancient tradition of hunting with Golden.

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country's only apprentice huntress.

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country's only

MONGOLIA // The TSAATAN tribe, MONGOLIA, February 2011. photo © Jimmy Nelson. http://www.yatzer.com/before-they-pass-away-jimmy-nelson

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Tsaatan (reindeer people) are the last reindeer herders who survived for thousands of years inhabiting the remotest subartic taiga, moving between 5 and 10 times a year. Presently, only 44 families.

Kazakh, Mongolia

Among many Kazakh traditions is the ancient art of eagle hunting. For more than two centuries, Kazakh men have hunted on horseback with trained golden eagles.

"Kazakh eagle hunters galloping across the steppes with their eagles held high. I was staying at a ger with some Kazakh herders in Western Mongolia and the local eagle hunters were preparing to participate in the eagle festival. Our host and his friend were showing off for the camera when I caught them galloping towards me with their eagles held high." Picture: Terry Allen

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"Kazakh eagle hunters galloping across the steppes with their eagles held high. I was staying at a ger with some Kazakh herders in Western Mongolia and the local eagle hunters were preparing to participate in the eagle festival. Our host and his friend we

The Golden Eagle Festival in the Bayan-Ulgii province, was founded in 1999 to preserve Kazakh's unique culture  and to protect the eagles

The last of the eagle huntsmen

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