Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.

 

alextheraven asked
You are my favorite tumblr. =D

kill3rkati3:

Nova timeline.

All high contents are born dark grey/brown (with the exception of Black Phases). Nova is a good example, brown little pup turning into a white colored adult. Her father is white as well, her mother is grey. Nova has a white and grey sibling as well.

New Friends and Roadkill Coyotes

So in case you didn’t know, jagdhunde has come from Connecticut to visit for a few days. As we’d never met in person before, it was a little nerve-racking to make our first introductions at the airport. But on the way to pick him up from his late-night flight, I spotted a coyote crossing the street, and knew, somehow, that everything was going to go exactly as it should. 

He recognized my vehicle as soon as he left baggage claim, tossed his suit case in the truck bed with Jude, hopped into the cab with me, and we took off toward the mini-farm.

The whole while, we talked about roadkill and taxidermy and the blog and whatnot. So I was not surprised when, as if on queue (wow, this happens a lot, doesn’t it?), my headlights suddenly illuminated a small furry figure on the side of the highway. I made a U-turn at the next safe spot, pulled over on the shoulder, crossed the grassy median in the darkness, and picked up the tiny coyote pup. It was hardly more than ten pounds, and was in excellent condition aside from some minor road rash on the paws. Rigor-mortise hadn’t even set in yet! We were both ecstatic. 

But it was about 3:00AM by the time we go to HQ, so I helped jagdhunde settle in to the guest room, and hung the pup up in the shop so we could skin it the next day. We’re finally getting around to it now (it’s about halfway done, but I’m taking a break while the boys cook breakfast!), and will likely tan it up later this week. 

Super happy to have been blessed with such a unique specimen, and to have such awesome company in the process! I’ve never handled a coyote so small before, and so while he does have coarse summer fur, I’m not complaining in the slightest! He’s being skinned for a lifesize, but will probably be rugged on account of the paw damage. 

So, jagdhunde - happy to have you here, and I’m glad you were able to be a part of this little adventure! :D 

manic—pixie—nightmare—girl:

these pups here were advertised as high content wolfdogs— but since I’ve only seen one or two wolfdog pups (both were solid black, even at the age of these ones here) I can’t really tell. I’m also kinda new to the whole high content thing. Guys?

naturepunk? yourdogisnotawolf? real-wolfdogs?

It’s hard to tell at this age how much wolf is *really* in a pup. But there are some things here that make my suspect they are at least mid-content animals: For starters, their ears are already up, and are fully-furred and slightly rounded at the tips. They look a bit large for the pups’ heads, but that could likely be due to age, not to the fact that  they are ‘dog’ ears. 

They also stand with their tails down, show blended coloration without much color contrast, and have cow-hocked rear legs - both potential traits of a wolfdog. 

The dog traits I see are dark eyes (usually a GSD thing), and possibly the catlike husky paws. That’s why I feel more comfortable saying mid-content than high content, but it’s entirely possible that these traits will change as the animal matures. 

Other things I notice: These people know what they’re doing when it comes to containment, and their setup is synonymous with what one would expect for a real wolfdog. They have cattle panel dig guards, high walls, and what appear to be some manner of double-gated entry system. They are absolutely wolfdogs, but as to whether they are mid or high-content - I cannot say for certain. 

Wolves, Wolfdogs and Children

How dangerous are wolfdogs, really? Some owners suggest that they’re actually less dangerous than a typical domestic dog, as statistically, you’re more likely to be fatally attacked by the latter. But unlike domestic dogs, wolfdogs are more easily triggered by prey drive to attack, and even individuals who have behaved flawlessly around children in the past may change their behaviors in an instant. 

According to wolfdog expert Monty Sloan “…Not only are there many more pet dogs in this country than hybrids, but there is, overall, a big difference in how they are kept. Most people do not expect their dog to ever cause any problems, especially around children. On the other hand, most of the people I know are, to some extent at least, cautious about allowing their hybrids access to children. Those with pure wolves are even more cautious. Many with pures do not allow any contact with children at all; those that do hold the wolf on a leash. Overall there are many more opportunities for dogs to attack children than there are for wolves or hybrids.” 

This is not to say that all wolfdogs are dangerous. But, as Sloan puts it, “
It’s more analogous to riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Of course you won’t necessarily be killed if you ride without a helmet, but does that make it safe? No, it’s a matter of chance, but with a much greater probability of being seriously injured, or even killed.” 

This is the reason that real wolfdog owners are exceptionally careful when allowing their animals to interact with children, and why responsible breeders will never advertise their animals as being “good with kids!”.

When it comes to Jude, he is required to be in either a sit or down-stay position upon introduction, and the child is taught to pet only his back and shoulders - never his face, belly, tail, or legs. On this same note, I also have NO problem with telling a child - or their parent, as the case my be - to back off if I feel for any reason that Jude is not interested in saying hello, or if said child is not following my instruction as to how to properly pet my wolfdog. 

shobijinsandy:

last-snowfall:

sizvideos:

Hybrid wolfdog is very protective of the new kitten. - Video

OMG OMG.

Summoning naturepunk, is this actually a wolfdog, you think? I remember that post of your’s about Jude and the wild rat; kinda dubious about interactions with a kitten.

If it is a wolfdog, it’s a very low-content one. I see a lot of dog traits - husky markings and paws, large GSD ears and dark GSD eyes, a curled tail, a dog-like gait, etc. His only wolfy traits are his cheek ruffs, but those can be a dog trait, too, depending on what else is in the mix. 

As for the behavior - this seems more like something known as ‘resource guarding’. He is ‘claiming’ the kitten as his, not because he has any manner of affection for it, but likely because it’s entertaining for him; it’s a toy.

In the 3rd GIF down, he mouths at it experimentally before picking it up with a very slight predatory shake of his head, and walks away from the camera-person, still bobbing the kitten up and down. He then puts the kitten between his paws as any dog would a chew-toy. And when the camera-person approaches him, his reaction is to move forward in a low-postured, menacing manner, completely with a lip-lick synonymous with a threat/stress display, as if he is warning, “Back up! This toy is mine!”

I could easily see this behavior escalating into a dangerous situation for the kitten, the dog’s humans, and for the dog - especially since they have dropped the “wolfdog bomb” on him.

Videos like this make me feel very uncomfortable, for a myriad of different reasons, and it’s unfortunate that so many people, who don’t know any better, misconstrue it as “cute” or “funny”. 

Nope.

Was walking Jude through the Saturday Market when this guy walked up to me and asked, “Is your wolf friendly?” 

I stared at him for a moment, wondering if he was serious or if he just thought he was being funny. I quickly realized he was being serious, so I furrowed my brown and replied, “He’s a dog. And yes - he’s friendly.”

The guy stooped to pet Jude, who didn’t pay him much mind, and went on to say, “No, I’m pretty sure this is a wolf. I’m Native American, from the Wolf Clan, so I know a wolf when I see one.” 

I stared at the guy again, thoroughly confused. He looked about as white as a canned water chestnut so I just suppressed a laugh, nodded, said, “Okay” and walked Jude away from him. 

New award for “most absurd wolfdog encounter” goes to the white guy claiming to know more about wolfdogs than me on the grounds that he was “from the ‘Wolf Clan’ of Native Americans” so was automatically a wolf expert. 

memeguy-com:

Some signs exist because theyre practical Others have a hell of a story behind them

Guy at the factory claimed he owned a chain saw with a warning label that read “Do not attempt to stop chain with hands or testicles”.

memeguy-com:

Some signs exist because theyre practical Others have a hell of a story behind them

Guy at the factory claimed he owned a chain saw with a warning label that read “Do not attempt to stop chain with hands or testicles”.

marxvx:

if i as a retail worker have to work with a dozen cameras pointed at me to deter me from stealing $10, cops should have to work with a camera pointed at them to deter them from arbitrarily maiming and killing people

did-you-kno:

Zoo Jeans is a company that lets lions, tigers, and bears “design” jeans by tearing holes in the denim. The finished products are auctioned off to raise money for the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Japan. Source

OKAY NO, BUT FOLLOW THE LINK AND WATCH THE VIDEO. This is awesome. 

did-you-kno:

Zoo Jeans is a company that lets lions, tigers, and bears “design” jeans by tearing holes in the denim. The finished products are auctioned off to raise money for the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Japan. Source

OKAY NO, BUT FOLLOW THE LINK AND WATCH THE VIDEO. This is awesome. 

wrapyourselfaroundmyfinger:

jonny-poopoo-pants:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

For The First Time Ever, All Four Eyewitness Accounts of The Murder of Michael Brown Put In Chronological OrderThe most detailed side-by-side telling of each eyewitness account of the Mike Brown murder in chronological order #JusticeForMichaelBrown [@ShaunKing]

Reblog the fuck out of this

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