Treeing is a method of
used to force animals that naturally climb up into trees, where they can
be shot by hunters. Particularly used with
treeing dogs are selected for the instinct to not cease barking at an
animal after it has escaped into a tree. The linguistic idiom, "Barking
up the wrong tree" comes from this practice.
This method of hunting is also used for
black bear. The
dogs are trained to harass but not directly attack the quarry, however it is not
unheard of for the quarry to kill some of the dogs or for the dogs to kill the
quarry. Usually the quarry will climb a tree to escape the dogs after a period
of chase and harassment. Traditionally the dogs were followed on foot by hunters
listening to their barks, however some hunters now use
radio direction finding equipment to follow the pack.
Treeing is also sometimes performed without the intention of killing the
quarry for scientific purposes (such as radio-tagging) or recreational purposes.
It is especially useful for cougars, which are notoriously stealthy and
difficult to capture without the aid of dogs.
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