Boone Smith and the Art of Capture

Boone Smith has big cat tracking in his blood. Born into a family of Idaho houndsmen with a legacy of big cat capture, he embodies generations of knowledge passed down from father to son. After decades of experience working as a biologist and capture specialist, he has helped develop some of the best and safest capture techniques for big cats used today. After a cat has been sedated, veterinarians can collar the animal and take its measurements to help assess the overall health and population size of a particular big cat species in that region.

Boone has been highlighted in several National Geographic films and is the host of the new natural history series, Secret Life of Predators.

Watch the video above from Secret Life of Predators to get an inside look into how much coordination (and cardio!) goes into safely capturing a big cat. Want to ask Boone about his experiences? Tune into our Live Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, December 3rd at 12:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. UTC) as part of National Geographic’s Big Cat Week. A week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines, we’re celebrating these magnificent creatures by rounding up a team of big cat experts like Boone Smith and others to talk about their close cat encounters.

How to Participate in the Hangout

You can be a part of the Cause an Uproar and our Google+ Hangout. Send in your questions for these National Geographic Explorers and they may be asked on air. Submit your questions by…

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Follow National Geographic on Google+ or return to this blog post to watch the Google+ Hangout Tuesday, December 3rd at 12:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. UTC).

Other Hangouts From National Geographic:

Hangout With Buzz Aldrin and Conrad Anker
Hangout With Explorers on All Seven Continents

  • Ima Ryma

    I am a big cat in the wild,
    Not too much to worry about,
    Except humans, who have compiled
    Some conflicting motives, no doubt.
    Most humans just want to kill me.
    But some will track me far and long.
    I feel a pinch and get sleepy.
    When I wake up, nothing seems wrong.
    But there’s a collar round my neck.
    Other big cats have collars too.
    All of us wonder what the heck
    Are these humans trying to do!

    In ev’ry big cat, one thing’s known,
    Humans just won’t leave us alone.

  • saad

    ☺ ♥ ♥ ☺ National Geographic ☺ ♥ ♥ ☺

  • Carla Carmen Bessone

    mettere un collare ad un animale sapendo che gli rimarrà per il resto dei suoi giorni, necessita di un amore per questi nostri meravigliosi fratelli, moto particolare….troppo particolare.

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