April 16, 2014

Meet The Experts

Using non-lethal techniques and expert knowledge of animal behavior, these professional trackers work to protect humans and animals alike.

Photograph by National Geographic Channels/ Juan Antonio Puyal

Cory specializes in animal removal. His job is not to kill the animal or reptile, but to remove them from the camp or work site and release them in a safe location.

Cory Valdes
Cory is driven by the adventure and danger of the job. He is also in the USCG Reserves where he is a Tactical Boat Driver, Boarding Officer, and High Speed Vessel Pursuit Operator. His background and training makes him a natural when it comes to researching, evaluating, and guarding high-risk sites. Cory travels the world, putting his life on the line to protect humans and animals alike.

Photograph by National Geographic Channels/ Michael McAleenan

Jason Lesmeister uses his expert tracking skills to locate wolves in the Minnesota wilderness.

Jason Lesmeister
Jason is an avid guide, huntsmen and survivalist. He was born and raised in the wilderness of Alaska and is no stranger to adventure. With 25 years experience enduring the frontier, beast nor element intimidates Jason as he continues to maintain his home in the wild. Jason embraces the fact that there is no such thing as a routine day on the job. One day he can be in the tundra tracking wild cats and the next he could be helicoptered a remote Alaskan island to assets an encroaching bear population. There is no set way to deal with hostile situations between humans and animals, but Jason will do anything to maintain peace among the two.

Photograph by National Geographic Channels/ Eric Freeburg

Rob and Puma arrive in North Carolina to help Alan, the owner of a remote tourist attraction, deal with a black bear problem.

Rob Hardy and Puma Ghostwalker
These two are survival experts and naturalists that have a combined 50 years of experience. Puma is a robust character, capable of attacking problems from an unorthodox, and at times reckless angle. Rob on the other hand has a much more methodical way of approaching survival and tracking. Rob and Puma balance each other out but do have many conflicting opinions when it comes to remaining alive in the wild.

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