“OMG…I will never, assimilate how a human can take pleasure out of causing, then watching an animal suffer…I don’t believe we need to kill animals to control population sizes, or should I say ‘Wildlife Management Programs’ (which doesn’t sound as bad as the afore mentioned term) I think Mother Nature should be left alone to deal with any over crowding, it is humans that have upset the balance of nature as it is!”
” I was under the impression that when someone applies for a trapper license, they are required to attend an ”Ethical Trapping Class” Ethical meaning, humane, decent, moral…there is nothing ethical about the way Josh Bransford conducted his self, I have to wonder how many other trappers are as heartless, leaving animals to suffer?”
Having read what follows, Josh Bransford should be held accountable for his inexorable actions; the US Forest Service should be ashamed of their work colleague!”
The Following extract was taken from the web site:- Earth Island Journal
“On March 16, a Friday, a US Forest Service employee from Grangeville, Idaho, laid out his wolf traps. The following Monday, using the name “Pinching,” he posted his story and pictures on www.Trapperman.com . “I got a call on Sunday morning from a FS [Forest Service] cop that I know. You got one up here as there was a crowd forming. Several guys had stopped and taken a shot at him already,” wrote Pinching. The big, black male wolf stood in the trap, some 300-350 yards from the road, wounded—the shots left him surrounded by blood-stained snow. Pinching concluded his first post, “Male that went right at 100 pounds. No rub spots on the hide, and he will make me a good wall hanger.”
“The Trapperman website went wild with comments. “That’s a dandy!! Keep at it,” wrote Watarrat. Otterman asked, “All the gray on that muzzle make a guy wonder how old he is or if it is just part of his black coloring.” Pinching’s picture of the wolf’s paw caught in the trap got special attention. “Is that the MB750 stamped ‘wolf’ on the pan?” asked one man. “Looks to be a perfect pad catch. Congratulations! Pinching confirmed the trap model and commented, “Oh an [sic] by the way, a wolf is a heck of a lot of work to put on a stretcher! Man those things hold on to their hide like no other!”
Click here to read more on the above; with facts & figures of wolf killings:- Earth Island Journal
Three grisly images, depicting a badly injured wolf captured in north Idaho, have gone viral. Posing alongside the animal is a grinning Josh Bransford, an employee of the Nez Perce National Forest. The pictures, which surfaced on the Web in March, continue to stir fierce debate over an already-emotional topic. And now, some environmental groups are asking for a formal investigation into possible animal cruelty.
The Moscow-based Friends of the Clearwater and the Portland-based Center for Biological Diversity have banded together to ask Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service to look into the incident and the images.
The pictures were reportedly posted to the website trapperman.com. An accompanying description indicates that the wolf was trapped and shot by someone other than Bransford.
“The egregious torture of a wolf needs to be investigated by Idaho’s attorney general and the Forest Service,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “And Josh Bransford should be fined or dismissed from his position.”
But a spokesman for IDFG’s Clearwater Region said the wolf was legally trapped by Bransford and subsequently checked by department officials.
Pictures & news link here:- BOISE Weekly
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