Monitoring and tracking game populations can be a daunting task, and there are several different reasons for this. Observations are often difficult because of the location of animals, for instance in dense brush, difficult swampland, or rugged, mountainous terrain. Additionally, some animals are highly secretive in nature and their movements are not readily observable. The most elusive animals are nocturnal, which complicates observation by limiting visibility.

Still, monitoring and tracking must be undertaken, because it does provide numerous benefits to conservationists, game management personnel, and hunters in terms of understanding the population of any given species in a specific location. With that in mind, here are some of the most historically reliable and useful methods of tracking game animals.

Direct Observation by Individuals

Quite often the information obtained by outdoorsmen, naturalists, and hunters can be pooled and shared, providing a meaningful accumulation of data from which worthwhile conclusions might be drawn. This can be either during the day or the nighttime, although obviously nighttime observations are more difficult, as stated in a University of Nebraska at Lincoln article. There are of course other drawbacks to the direct observation method, for instance difficulty of terrain, privacy of landowners, and the sheer time and effort involved in acquiring worthwhile data.

Indirect Observation

This method of tracking does not require the physical presence of an observer to do the monitoring, since data is obtained almost exclusively by checking for signs that animals have left behind. According to Survival Basics 101, signs of animal presence can be in the form of tracks visible in soft earth, droppings, buck rubs, browsed vegetation, and sometimes even levels of food removal—in cases where food stations have been supplied during harsh winters. Indirect observation can be an accurate indicator of wildlife presence; often just as accurate as actual observation of the animals in the area, although obviously at some point someone must interpret and analyze those signs.

Tracking Devices

According to Good Game Hunting, this method relies on having the ability to capture and tag animals in a given location, with transmitters that relay data on the animal’s movements back to the tracker. One of the big advantages to this strategy is that the tracker’s presence is not required (at least, after the initial capture), and it doesn’t matter how difficult the terrain is during the animal’s normal movements. Because the animals are fitted with some kind of device transmitting a GPS signal, as noted by Good Nature, they can be tracked by satellite. That information is then downloaded to a tracking center. This method is much easier than either of the two observational techniques, but has the disadvantage of requiring an initial capture, sedation, and release.

Benefits of Monitoring and Tracking

With the information provided by monitoring game populations, much better management of those populations becomes possible. When populations grow too large to be supported by a local environment, game management has to step in to relieve the pressure on the environment. For hunters, knowing the locations where deer populations require harvesting is very useful information. With a larger than normal game population struggling in a certain area, hunters are providing a service to the overall population by sitting in their tree stand and harvesting animals that need to be culled from the population.



Bangalore, India, has become one of the most attractive destinations to those interested in moving overseas, particularly due to its burgeoning tech industry, the area’s rich culture and its diversity. Here are some of the many reasons to move to Bangalore, and some tips for how to pull it off.

Tech Jobs Galore

According to Shreya Pareek writing for ABetterIndia.com, one of the biggest reasons people are moving to Bangalore is that the city is something of an emerging technology hub. Bangalore is the birthplace of many IT giants such as Infosys, Wipro, and TCS and currently plays home to many more startups including Flipkart, InMobi, Myntra and many others. Anyone working in the tech industry will quickly see the potential of this city to be a Silicon Valley of India.

Great & Healthy Food

India has a vast culinary history, and the food here is both delicious and healthy. Bangalore offers visitors the lion’s share of India’s rich gastronomic traditions as well as being home to hidden coffee places and restaurants that reflect a recent local interest in organic health foods. Breweries are also a big part of the culture here and people love drinking the delicious ales they produce.

Cosmopolitan City

In a country that has many of the setbacks common to the developing world, Bangalore is relatively clean and cosmopolitan with good bus and public transportation services. The city is also considered the greenest in the nation and is sometimes called India’s Garden City as a result of all the gorgeous green spaces, parks and botanical gardens. Bangalore also offers a number of public art spaces, museums, and theaters for the culturally minded. The city is culturally and ethnically diverse, making it a melting pot perfect for exploring.

Spectacular Weather
For lovers of the outdoors, Bangalore is perfect. It’s situated next to a number of great weekend getaways and escapes to nature and is endowed with extremely pleasant weather. There’s no need for air conditioners for most of the year, and though it’s sunny for the most part, it’s not humid or overbearing.

Making the Move
Moving is almost always a big and difficult task that requires a good deal of planning and a high degree of patience. Those moving outside of the country, especially to a country like India where the culture is completely different, can expect all the tiny complications of moving to be an even bigger hassle. Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help expats adjust when moving to Bangalore.

Finding a Place to Live

Finding a place to live is one of the most important and more difficult processes, especially in an international move when one may not be able to go through the familiar steps, like visiting the property or talking face to face with the landlord. Fortunately, there are online resources to help house-hunters begin their search for homes in Bangalore with specific locations mapped out and a wealth of photographs of the properties. Checking important factors like the neighborhood, services close-by, and all the normal details one might be concerned about when moving is even more important when planning an international move.

Requirements for Internationals

Before making the move to Bangalore, internationals need to make sure they have all the necessary documents and medical checks in order. Requirements for visiting or staying in India are dependent on one’s nationality, the reason for entry, how much time they plan to stay, and the individual’s income. More specific details can be found online or by visiting an embassy. Good luck!


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The most obvious is the building of the great pyramid, a construction that would be extremely challenging with the heavy equipment that we have at our disposal toady. Building it by hand in 20 years as the books tell is beyond comprehension and there is still a ton of debate about how this possible could have been done.

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It’s been over 100 years since marijuana became illegal in the US, and up until them it wasn’t any bigger of a deal than the coffee bean. However, Prohibition changed things starting with the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937. It was the end result of 22 years of scapegoating, but researchers now say that racism was at the core of marijuana Prohibition. Texas was one of the first US states to welcome anti-marijuana laws. Today’s marijuana laws are rooted in decades-old legal documents, and it’s been uncovered that the first states to embrace marijuana prohibition were also battling strong Mexican migration.

At the turn of the 20th century, Mexicans were immigrating to the US on the hunt for stronger economic opportunities. They also brought Mexican marijuana into the US, which was a new strain of weed even though the US had plenty of its own. According to early Texas Senate documents, the law stated that, “All Mexicans are crazy and this stuff is what makes them crazy.” Experts agree that these kinds of outdated, racist attitudes are why marijuana is still illegal in most states today and at best is approved for medical use only.

The prohibition spread

Just like in Texas and other border states, alleged racist thoughts began to spread across the country including Montana where there’s a record stating, “Give one of these Mexican beet field workers a couple of puffs on a marijuana cigarette and he thinks he is in the bullring at Barcelona.” That’s obviously a racist statement based in ignorance and fear, but at the time it was acceptable. States began to copy one another’s prohibitions, with a 1919 New York Times editorial stating that, “No one here in New York uses this drug marijuana; we have only just heard about it from down in the Southwest but we had better prohibit its use before it gets here.”

There was plenty of fear mongering and scare tactics being used and allegations that hard drug users and alcoholics would soon be changing their drugs of choice for marijuana. Prohibition was bolstered by solid leadership, including the support of Harry Anslinger who’s dubbed the “Father of the War on Weed.” He was the inaugural Federal Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner in the 1930s and said, “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers.”

Calling these marijuana smokers satanics who listened to jazz, Anslinger’s wild claims became the basis for “Reefer Madness.” Fortunately, the laws are changing but it’s slow moving and who knows what old legal documents will be turned up next.


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