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Baseline Dynamics, Tracking, Wildlife, Science

Article/Photography John Cox, Cascade Mountains

We conduct our research, in the field, or, in the mountains, from several situations. It assists us in getting accurate data retrieval from the field. We call it establishing a Baseline. Inclusive of Transect Markers, and a firm knowledge of the wildlife we track. Baseline is also our disposition, our dynamic of obtaining data for further interpretation toward statistical data and research.

Baseline in this case, refers to our experience as well as ability to interpret data gathered intuitively, and accurately.  Or, as some phrase it, putting the pieces of the puzzle together. . .

Baseline Dynamics

A good example of establishing a Baseline: There is a difference from one species to another, which we already acknowledge. But do we pay attention to these differences? This is exemplified from the Baseline of a Coyote gait, is a trot; compared to the Baseline of a Bear, which is a walk; compared to a Cougar, which is a stroll.

Variances also exist, which experience shows us quite well, and the Bobcat, for example – one Bobcat from another Bobcat, may have a difference in their Baseline of personal gaits, or access to small critters compared to mid-sized critters. This variance could be the cause of many things and how a species acts, the reason why they do, how they do it, and what they eat; but, for here, it does exist, and much different than what people in the city know or acknowledge. Yes, Perceptions that have no bearing on the reality of what is ongoing, out here and in the field.

This article is to point out what we refer to as, Perceptive Bias. Yes, a big difference, between how people raised and live most of their life in cities, and those raised in the country that selected wildlife and Nature, as an observable plain of reference when observation conducted. Essentially, Our Baseline.

Here we do not require a book to tell us what it is we see (books wrong 50% of the time and written by flatlanders most often – city folks, or the unaware), but rather what experience tells us. We read the spore, or tracks, scat if around, et al., and decipher the activity, or history, that took place in this exact location – how many species involved, what transpired, and what was the result, verbatim.

In our Western experience, or culture, a Baseline experience is an entirely different realm. Many differences between West Coast mind-sets and East Coast mind-sets, and all points in between. Human population densities make a very large difference, at times, within habitat development, habitat use, or Habitat management/Wildlife management paradigms.

Fencing on the East coast quite dominant, for example, and pastures and trails limited. Heavy population of humans, compared to land-availability for wildlife, and we see an entirely different mind-set in the matters of management, of livestock, horses, and deer as well. The density of human population a driving force for a Captured-Management style of dynamic required there, for all wildlife and livestock combined. Entirely different than the West Coast or Western 11 States that manage Wild Horses – tremendously different.

Wildlife Dynamics and Baseline Movement

Wolves, for example, their Baseline is either resting, which they do most of the time, and why we see their family-pack cohesive, and firm; or, they hunt, exerting themselves when need be (so much for the human bias perception, or ignorance, that wolves kill for entertainment) for the pack. This is true with many species of wildlife, and most never exert themselves unless a need to do so exists. This is a functioning state of Baseline, or a stress-free style of living; which, is Nature’s way of building a link, so to speak, between the surrounding environmental complex and the species involved. Wildlife are a very aware species on this planet.  Wolves no exception, and strong family packs are considered normal behavior, and geared toward survival. Irrationality is placing Wolves in jeopardy, as the flaming perceptive ignorance of Wolves having no value in Wildlife management Paradigms, is just wrong, as well as irresponsible.

Establishing and understanding of “Place” is the discussion here. Understanding through observation, over long periods of time, is the bases toward richness, or what we call “knowledge”. This is the beginning of understanding, in particular, how all is connected, and the entire relationship of wildlife, the predators, the prey — scenario: an antelope starts its day alert, ready to go, and run, when need be, hopefully faster than the predator giving chase, in order to survive. The lion starts its day, knowing it must be faster than its prey, in order to survive.

In large townships, or the city, the bias becomes compounded. Then it is not only the matter of asphalt and concrete, and large buildings, but neighborhood environments. Some people, within their neighborhood, get up in the morning, then look outside. Have their coffee and breakfast, get dressed, go out and hop in their car, and off they go into an entirely different environment in the city. . . upon paved roads, stoplights, sidewalks, decorative bushes and some decorative trees, a lot or a few people around always, and dependent upon the time of day.

Thoughts of Nature transpire, or their perception of Nature, or will think of themselves a Survivor in Nature. After all, the Hollywood actor in the movie, survived in the mountains, so it must be easily done. But this is what city-folks know, to be true. The rest of Nature is seen, wither on television, or written about in books, or news articles, or bulletins, and now we also have social media – whereas none of it is completely accurate, what so ever, and often, if at all.

The negative side of this is obvious. Survival in the mountains or the desert is not easily done. One’s GPS breaks down or runs out of battery. Many folks from the city short-minded, and do not carry a compass. Often, we discover, those who do carry a compass, simply have no idea how to use them; and, oh yes, have no map – or, have a colorful fun-map type brochure, that is an advertisement-only, and the map within it totally useless. Who gets called-out to find them when they are lost? The Search & Rescue men and women, on horseback most often, and those who live in those areas, me included.

So why bring all of this up. Because opinions are fine. But when it gets down to it, experience and the reality of true-boots-on-the-ground required. It is rough out here for those of us that live here, as we know the positives and the negatives.

We learn to cope with the positives within a positive way. Writing about this is not a condescending styled information outlet, but showing how Perceptual Bias, from city folks toward Nature and the country, is a true form of ignorance. We know better when we catch the scent/stench of a Snake-Den, to approach slowly, with caution (as a Cougar on the hunt),with stealth, and a level of heightened awareness – same with the stench of Timber-Rattlers – yes, we have them here.

A Good Example of the travesty: Getting slip-shod information from DOI/BLM, a corrupted government agency, and leaders in false-narratives and outright lies, is what East Coast writers do. This can only be explained one way – like going 20 miles into the woods for the first time, and having no map, no GPS, no Compass, and expecting to find your way back to civilization. Expecting something positive, or to develop from slip-shod information is a travesty, and worse when repeated time and again, and supposing a resolution to develop.

I am not using this situation to condemn, nor condone people on the East Coast. I am merely, academically, explaining the difference in information, and how it is used, and how disconnected the East Coast is from the West Coast. And of course, experience and hands-on actions, in the field of operation, gives us the means to acquire good information – truthful information.

A developed second-sense toward what we observe, is the catalyst for this type of information, that indeed resolves issues. . . Our Baseline explained – our information and all that goes with it, from years of experience and seeing the situations we discuss thousands of times over those years – and we know what it is we see and have the ability to explain it easily.

Wildlife and Myth

Let’s look at Wildlife, and the myth about them. Bear and Cougar being rabid killers of people? Nope. And you will discover, in Oregon for example, no deaths have occurred from Cougar attacks, even though a lot of city people want you to suppose so. The same with Bear, and those people who get between a Bear cub and the mother Bear – or a person gets between an Apex Predator and their fresh kill of meat. Yes, problems occur, but if one knows how to avoid this, or sees the situation start to play-out in front of them, and with experience, everything turns out okay, “if” . . .

There is an order of business in Nature. Like the process of people in the city going to work, eating lunch in a restaurant and food prepared for them, or at the bar and have their drinks made for them. None of that exists out here in the country.  It’s all self-done – if you didn’t bring it with you (packed-in), then your out of luck. The same when you did not notice a Bear Track, or Cougar Track, and walk around a bend, and there you are, looking straight into their eye’s, looking at you.

Out here it is the experience, and not the last book you read on Nature, or survival, that may discuss how to do this or that . . . People out here, through years of experience, recognize their Baseline. We can sit within the baseline of a place, area, or observation point, and know how the connection exists, naturally. This also tells us the history, the prominent actions that take place here, and the realm of wildlife that lives here, or passes through here.

We begin to see with the same eyes and feel the same desires as the animals, the birds, the possum, the beaver up the creek, or the deer that just ran through the woods in front of our location, then disappeared. We know the reason why, or why not. It is the goal of energy conservation and avoidance of danger that guides our Baseline – not any coincidence it is the same as wildlife. We become part of what they are, and just as all is connected, our connection with them “complete” so to speak. All of this, makes those of us that Holistically Track Wildlife for research or to photograph, becomes common knowledge to us. We walk the woods as they walk the woods.

Baseline Values and Dynamics

Our society of today does not consider Baseline to be of value. Or I should phrase it a little differently, to understand correctly, and say, “the Natural Progression of things surrounding us.” Unless you experience it, consistently, and over large amounts of time, and sometimes efforts involved tremendous, one has no way of knowing. A car door slamming – a Bobcat would take-flight, and for several reasons. You and I, handle it without a flinch. Much of the city agitation we just handle, also without a flinch, or approach with caution in some instances – and must tolerate it.

The fact is, becoming sensitive to your own Baseline behaviors, can and often does and through experience, creates far more empathy for the animals I and others track, or see throughout the day.  his helps us understand and even predict, animal behavior.

This morning and during coffee, and posting things on the Internet, I watched a Mother Bear and her Cub pass through the yard about 20 yards from me, and my back porch. A few days ago, I turned toward one of the tree stands here on my property, just in time to see the light tan and black tip tail of a cougar, run into the trees, about 30 yards from my back porch – I assume he was quietly watching me and the dogs while on the porch. I have horses, so the electric fencing between the log-rails on the corrals, are for security purposes, from my perception and experience, to do so. My tractor has a cage on the front, to not only keep me safe, but the engine safe from falling Hay Bales, or whatever else I have in the bucket.

Experience, Our Baseline indeed, gives us an auto-response mechanism within our brain, to do things automatically, and much faster than those who must think about it first. Same with horses, and having the knowledge to react spontaneously, over time, and establish our Baseline with the horse. This is Experience. Without it, horses die. Without it, humans may get injured or die – no guess work here, as these are very rugged mountains, and the wildlife is huge, more often than not.

With experience, we see the information to our front, our senses take hold, and make those cues meaningful. Yes, it happens quick, but our response mechanism in our brains snap-quick to the occurrence. It may have been a harsh outcome, but with experience, it becomes a Natural circumstance, or sensory awareness situation. Baseline and establishing it, especially in Nature, which takes a long time to accomplish, is well worth the time involved.

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Posted by on July 29, 2022 in Uncategorized


Wayward Non-Profits and Corrupt Government Agencies mean Death to America’s Wild Horses & Public Lands: Free Will to Decide, Not to be Taken by Thieves and Grifters

“When your Faith Taken because you were not given enough to believe in – or your Faith Taken once again because you were given too much information and remained simply confused, you started to follow the things that were of no righteousness no benefit to Wildlife at all; neither, beneficial for much of anything, nor for Our Nation’s Wild Horses.”  John Cox, Cascades – Writer

If Faith is a choice, then perhaps we as humans will simply not choose it, obviously a correct observation for today’s very rude commercial non-profits and government reaping profits, rather than respect our basic attributes of this planet we live upon, and for our very survival.  We have an overwhelming problem today, with both saving Wild Horses, which exemplifies all of the other Wildlife on our planet, from devastation due to aggressive ignorance and bias.

We have no further to look than at the circumstance we discover on a Social Platform we refer to as Facebook, and what is called Wild Horse Advocacy on it.  Nether Logical, not sound reasoning, nor Humane Responsibility exists here.  How could it?  Yes, we ask the questions here, then search for answers – whether we like the answers or not, when founded upon reality, as well as sound science and factual statistical data, we share the cumbersome details.

What we discover is easily observed, factually as well as responsibly.  What we find is very troubling.  This social market place, where people can become anything, they suppose, in their minds anyway, is filled with credit card thieves, grifters, and any other deviance one may find within the dictionary.  It is further troubling where their experience vast, many years, and then discover they lied and continue to do so – our direct confrontation with two people exemplify this. 

One, who stated he was experienced, and gained his knowledge of the Horse from his wife, for the past two years when I spoke with him – we then see he has no idea what it is he speaks of about horses or advocacy, and a couple years later we see he is speaking about his 18 years of experience, which he gained over a mere 4 years on FB and horse advocacy, in real time.  Another, she states 18 years, but indeed no Horse Advocate had heard of her before 2018 . . . and this is not rare at all . . .

One supposed Horse Advocacy, the commercial non-profit WHE, has in their leadership a thief of credit cards – not one, but three separate occasions, that we know of (and people follow this thief and donate to her).  One of her Warrants for arrest, in Washington State, remained there for a solid decade+, and under her real name beside her superficial name.  But in that circumstance and more disgusting than anything else, she stole a credit card while being a caretaker at an animal rescue and sanctuary.  The actual owners went on vacation, and assumed they left a responsible individual there to take care of all the animals.  Long story short, she left 3 to 4 days before the owners come back and with their credit card – spending ultimately a few thousand dollars of their money, leaving the caged and corralled animals to fend for themselves for water as well as food.

We then move on to another circumstance, the commercial non-profit AWHC, and we find the leadership there promotes the abuse of wildlife (Fox Hunts in Colorado and Wyoming, but Foxes replaced by Coyotes, and their chase dogs allowed to tear apart the Coyotes for their reward after the chase), as well as promotes toxic chemicals, being darted into Wild Horses as some type of birth control for them.  This is all based upon a not so truthful rendition, or outright lies, of an “Overpopulation of Wild Horses” on Our Nation’s Public Lands. . . it takes little to nothing at all, to observe they are not overpopulated, but ignorance and bias overwhelms this situation, promoted by Disinformation.

One cannot make up these horrific circumstance’s that exist with what is termed Wild Horse Advocacy in the United States of today.  We find it disgusting that these supposed Leaders, that Wild Horse Advocates listen to, in particular on Facebook, then take action upon their information (we reference the term as Dis-Information), and the Advocates nothing more than small minds and Sheeple, actually have no idea of their own bias and ignorance.  We find the same types of people in the Salem Witch Trials and those who hung supposed Witches, as well as in WWII and the Nazi’s and the Jewish horror of horrors, and the people there, as they state clearly, “. . . just following orders . . .” and after WWII, as if a good reason to do so.

But there is more.  We find a few people, previously from the questionable commercial non-profit referred to as the HSUS (i.e. assuredly, the donations and grants to them go nowhere but into their pockets and bank accounts – whereas, donating to your local Humane Society in your area, only then do the donations and grants go directly to the animals) have established several very commercial non-profits, that are actually bogus (i.e. Animal Wellness’, in addition to their supposed Veteran non-profits, as well as other recently added non-profits, which by the way are only shell-groups, organized to milk donations from Horse Advocates only, or those with no knowledge about wild horses at all and what is needed) to obtain money from the not-so-bright horse advocates . . .

Another example: While at HSUS these same people figured out a way to set record-donation situations yearly (i.e. app. $430 million dollars, whereas, a mere 1% went to animals at all. . . What we recognize in outright lies, outright misinformation, as well as false narrative, to obtain donation money.  The money continues to “Not Go” to the animals they requested donations for – never has and obviously unless regulatory government agencies (i.e. the Internal Revenue service or State regulatory agencies) step-in and correct this dismal rip-off of donation money, it will all simply continue.  There is more, but I think you understand the situation better than previously, or from their explanations – Grifter’s and thieves, all of them.

What is outlined here are several situations, separate situations, although, the same goals – Rip-Off the Public at Large for their hard-earned money, call it “Donations’ to Save Wild Horses” and then bank the money for themselves – and, oh yes, the fact that little to no money go to Saving any animals, in particular the Wild Horses, and they operate non-transparent with their cash flows, and no one knows, really, where the donation money does go . . . FACT!  Non-Transparency is Illegal while registered as a Non-Profit in the United States.

What we do know, and acknowledge, is they do “Perpetuate” their incomes by outright Deceit, Disinformation, and False Narrative’s . . .  We find the situation of Wild Horse advocacy on Facebook, to be an abyss, a dark hole, where people donate from their hearts, to save Wild Horses from Government and rancher tranny, all based upon lie after lie of them being “Over-populated” upon our Public Lands.

These corrupt and disgusting non-profits need to be Stopped once and for all – and decent people to either take them over, or start their own non-profits.  One thing for sure, we do not see the Internal Revenue Service taking these non-profits to task, due to their not only illegal behaviors and Anti-Trust situations, but rather, ignored by them.  By the way, we found all of this information, and much more, very easily . . .

Horse Advocacy has many more options than what is represented on Facebook (only one option exists on Facebook and its abyss, and by corrupted commercialized non-profits, 99%, and their people in Leadership Roles) . . . 

Facebook Horse Advocacy merely perpetuates their incomes through donations (that is those who call themselves Leaders of them and their tremendous incomes), and grants from Corrupted government agencies – this should be very obvious to those who think.  Be aware of this, and know, stay with Horse Advocacy on Facebook, and you will see Extinction of America’s Wild horses’ soon to come, and Horse Advocates cannot prove differently.  Facts are facts!

“And in the end, I think it must be about Faith, and if Faith is a choice, it can be lost, even in an Angel, or the Devil himself.  And if Faith never means understanding God’s Plan, then maybe understanding just a part of it, Our part, is what it is to have a soul.  Maybe in the end, that’s what being human is, after all is said and done . . .”  The Prophecyl