By Laura K. WilliamsA group of Mexicans hunted out a large stretch of forest on a remote lake bed on Mexico’s southern coast, hunting in packs of 10 and up to 100, in a bid to stay dry in the driest part of the country.
The hunt took place last year as Mexico faced an unprecedented drought.
It’s one of the rare instances in recent years where a group of people has been able to stay on the edge without leaving a trail of death and destruction.
While most of the area was once lush, the lakeside site was once populated with animals, and this year it was home to only a handful of tourists.
The men set up tents on the shoreline, where they rested, ate, and rested a few more hours before going back to camp to hunt.
It was a risky endeavor.
The lakeside was one of Mexico’s most biologically fragile ecosystems.
The land was heavily forested, and the area had a high density of rare and endangered species, including a population of the species known as the chalacito that feeds on fish.
It also had a long history of wildfires, which has forced the government to relocate livestock and the water supply in some areas.
The team’s plan was to stay there for as long as they could before heading back to the mainland.
But the team found themselves running into problems with the lake’s ecology, including how much food they could feed on and how to get enough water for the hunters to get through the night.
The men eventually reached their destination, a large, well-maintained lake that the lake had never seen before, said David Rueda, a biologist with the U.S.-Mexico Institute for Research and Education (IMI-E), a group that works with indigenous groups in the area.
It’s a rare sight, he said, and a “good reminder” of how fragile the lake can be.
The lake was built by an unknown man and a group called the Chilqui, who built it to collect fish for the Chihuahua River Authority, he told the Associated Press.
The lake was only partially accessible because of the forest fire, which was one reason the group had chosen to camp out at its edge, rather than head back to their campsite, Ruedo said.
It was also the first time that they’d encountered a group on the lake that wasn’t native to the area, he added.
The camp site was well-guarded, and it was also well-trafficked, which makes it ideal for the type of people who are likely to have stayed up all night hunting for the day, he noted.
The Chilquitos had no idea what they were going to find, and when the campground got too crowded, Rueba said, they decided to move.
The next morning, they set up camp and were met by a group who offered them water.
“The lake has been dried out for a long time, and now we are going to bring the lake back to life,” one of them said, Ruesa said.
The Chilqueos, who are indigenous to the region and speak several languages, said they were thankful to the group for helping them get through their day.
“It’s really awesome that they are coming to see us, but also we are happy to see them,” Ruedas said.