Item Number: 3218LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
Have a good look at this photograph. Try to discern what sets it apart. The bobcat before you here is “wild.” Now you may wonder, what is so extraordinary about this fact?
In more than 45 years as a wildlife photographer, Thomas D. Mangelsen has earned the reputation of being a purist who refuses to take shortcuts in amassing his portfolio. While many of Mangelsen’s contemporaries have used game farms to supplement the checklist of species represented in their bodies of work, he has stubbornly resisted. Game farms are private facilities where captive animals are rented out by the hour and manipulated by human trainers to pose for the camera.
Mangelsen is a major critic of game farms, calling them “unethical.” Partially for this reason, Mangelsen and others founded the International League of Conservation Photographers committed to only taking pictures of wild animals in natural habitats but adhering to high ethical standards and trying to advance public support for conservation.
“I had spent many, many years trying to add wild bobcats to my portfolio but they always proved too elusive. Finally, word reached me that a bobcat was seen in Yellowstone stalking waterfowl along the Madison River. Only one problem—it was the dead of winter,” Mangelsen said. After logistical planning and traveling on a moment’s notice via snowcoach, Mangelsen arrived in the park’s snowy interior just after the bobcat had caught and eaten a mallard duck. Winter Beauty - Bobcat
is one of the most popular photographs Mangelsen has ever made.