In case you haven't heard, the judges of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition disqualified the winner.
They concluded the stunning image of the jumping wolf was nature faked.
It seems the wolf was tame and as cooperative as Lassie.
I must say that I was a little doubtful about the photograph's pleasant and orderly setting.
It looked more like a museum diorama than real wolf habitat.
A photographer would have a very long wait --we're talking geological time -- for a wild wolf to jump such a fence.
However, I contend that if you know your subject and the terrain -- and use a camera trap -- such a photo wouldn't be impossible to take.
Technically, it isn't hard to get a photo of a leaping mammal.
The hard part is finding a trail used by wolves that crosses a fence.
Wildlife take the path of least resistance unless pressed, and they'll often creep under a fence if they can.
Here in the states wildlife do jump fences made of posts and barbed wire, and the crossing point is usually where the top strand was cut or broken by a falling tree limb.
Tumbled down sections of stone fences also become crossings marked by well worn paths and hoof-chopped earth.
Here's what the codger would do.
I'd try to determine the usual direction of animal movement -- e.g. downhill on a slope, and then I'd adjust and test the camera set by getting my dog to jump the fence.
Fred could do it if the fence wasn't too high.
Where legal, an attractant -- scent, bait or sound could be used to increase the chances of a photo.
Then I'd just wait for the picture.
There's a good chance several contest deadlines will have come and gone before getting the desired picture, and we could be talking geological time again.
But in my experience the wait wouldn't be that long.
The desired photo would highlight the wrong end of the animal, which would be a poacher with a large butt in camo.