Communing with Elks, Squirrels and Other Critters

Heres a program from our archives.One of mankind’s oldest dreams is to be able to communicate with animals. Well, it’s possible to do just that, after a fashion, with the help of an artificial calling device. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Olt: This is a plunge-operated squirrel call. I’ll make a couple of sounds that squirrels will either answer or they will come to.ambience, squirrel call Jim Olt is president of a company that manufactures game and bird calls.Olt: OK, I’ll try one with a mouth operated call.That last series was more of a mad bark that a squirrel will do. They do this when they get angry or agitated which frequently is caused by another squirrel getting into the same tree with them or into their territory.Of course squirrels aren’t the only animals that respond to a call.ambience, elk call Olt: The elk call that I blew there was actually the sound of a young bull which are generally called ‘spike bulls.’ What it’s about is this: Elk rut in the fall, and the ‘rut’ is a term that is used for their mating season. The bulls become very aggressive at that time. They’re very territorial, they fight, in fact they get into some violent battles with each other; they cannot tolerate another bull being in the area while this rut is going on. Not only will the bull be fighting other bulls, but he will be collecting a harem of cows. He does not want any other bull around his girlfriends. Basically what happens is, when they hear the challenging bugle of a young spike like that, they immediately rise to the challenge and want to fight.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast.

Communing with Elks, Squirrels and Other Critters

Artificial calling devices make it possible to talk with animals.
Air Date:11/06/2018
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Heres a program from our archives.One of mankind's oldest dreams is to be able to communicate with animals. Well, it's possible to do just that, after a fashion, with the help of an artificial calling device. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Olt: This is a plunge-operated squirrel call. I'll make a couple of sounds that squirrels will either answer or they will come to.ambience, squirrel call Jim Olt is president of a company that manufactures game and bird calls.Olt: OK, I'll try one with a mouth operated call.That last series was more of a mad bark that a squirrel will do. They do this when they get angry or agitated which frequently is caused by another squirrel getting into the same tree with them or into their territory.Of course squirrels aren't the only animals that respond to a call.ambience, elk call Olt: The elk call that I blew there was actually the sound of a young bull which are generally called 'spike bulls.' What it's about is this: Elk rut in the fall, and the 'rut' is a term that is used for their mating season. The bulls become very aggressive at that time. They're very territorial, they fight, in fact they get into some violent battles with each other; they cannot tolerate another bull being in the area while this rut is going on. Not only will the bull be fighting other bulls, but he will be collecting a harem of cows. He does not want any other bull around his girlfriends. Basically what happens is, when they hear the challenging bugle of a young spike like that, they immediately rise to the challenge and want to fight.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast.