Kazakh eagle hunters in the Altai Mountains, Mongolia. The golden eagles are traditionally trained to hunt foxes, wolves, and wild sheep, and the furs are made into coats and hats to keep warm in the crazy Mongolian winter.
Kazakh people living in Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia, traditionally hunt wild sheep and foxes with trained golden eagles. The eagles are captured as hatchlings, kept for a few years, and then released back into the wild to live out the rest of their lives.
This article describes the training process in a lot of detail.
13-Year-Old Girl Symbolizes Future of Mongolian Tradition - Asher Svidensky
During a four-month stay in the mountains of western Mongolia, photographer Asher Svidensky captured a stunning collection of images that shed a light on Mongolian girls and their golden eagles. “Berkutchy,” the practice of raising a bird of prey to hunt for food throughout the year, was originally a male-only pursuit, but as more and more men head into the cities, women have taken up the torch. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing bond between species.