Snaring, Killing Wolves With A Smile, Part II

Here they are again, snaring wolves,  laughing their heads off. Killing animals is so much fun isn’t it? I mean what’s not to love about a wolf being strangled to death?

This, video,  shot in Canada, gives you a frightening  glimpse into a snared wolves fate.  It’s very hard to watch but a necessary window into the trapping world. Even hunters are speaking out against this cruelty.

You saw the damage coyote traps did to B412’s paws. Imagine what’s happening to wolves right now in Idaho.  The ones that are trapped and aren’t going to get loose. They are either choking to death, freezing to death, starving without food or water, exhausted from trying to “get away from the trap”,  waiting to die when the trapper comes back, who may stomp them to death to protect the pelt.  Remember these traps only have to be checked every 72 hours, that’s three days and who is counting really? Aren’t trappers  on the honor system? Is someone official in the woods checking to see when traps are laid?

In a recent article in the Magic Valley Times, there’s talk of how popular the trapping classes were, just full to the brim. Isn’t that a comforting feeling? Trapping wolves is only allowed in Northern Idaho FOR NOW but southern Idaho trappers are itching to get going down there.

From the Magic Valley Times

“Rusty Kramer, a director for the Idaho Trappers Association, expects trapping to expand across the state by next year.”


“It is important to handle trapping responsibly, since other states are watching Idaho as they decide if they will include trapping in their own wolf management plans, Kramer said. He cited both Montana and Wyoming as possible states that might include the use of snares and traps.”

Responsible trapping? That’s an oxymoron. What is responsible about mangling and choking animals to death? Could someone answer that question? Trapping is cruel, barbarous and torture.

You see how this works. First there was wolf delisting and the subsequent hunt in 2009. Idaho set a quota of 220 wolves, Montana 75. No trapping or bow-hunting of wolves allowed in either state. Fast forward to 2011. Wolves delisted the second time by Congress. The gloves come off. Montana raises it’s quota of dead wolves to 220 and allows bow-hunting. Idaho has no quota in most of the state and extends the wolf hunt in the Lolo and Selway through June 2012, a 10 MONTH LONG HUNT”. They allow trapping and snaring through March 31, 2012 in Northern Idaho but now there is talk of including the entire state and maybe Montana and Wyoming will want to adopt traps and snares too. Do you see the escalation? This is what happens when wolves are delivered to their enemies. This isn’t a wolf hunt it’s a slaughter. Shame on Congress and Obama for allowing this to happen. SHAME!!


A special thank you to wildlife biologist Tom Meier and veternarian Dr. Myer for tracking down and helping the wolf . If it wasn’t for them this wolf would be dead. How sad the other wolf, with it’s face swollen horribly by the choking snare, disappeared. This happened in 2008. More proof of the terrible pain and suffering caused by snares and traps.

Vet Removes Snare From Neck of Wolf in Denali National Park and Preserve

Dr. Denise Albert was able to remove a snare from around a wolf’s neck and treat the animal with antibiotics. NPS photo.

Submitted by Kurt Repanshek on May 5, 2008 – 12:58pm

A volunteer effort has been able to remove a trapper’s snare from around the neck of a wolf in Denali National Park and Preserve. Unfortunately, a second wolf that also was caught up in a snare has not been seen.

The wolves, their faces swollen, grotesquely so in one, were snared earlier this winter outside the park. Somehow they broke part of the cable and escaped, but the tightened loops around their necks remained. They recently returned to Denali.

The freed wolf, a large, gray male, had been spotted by several National Park Service employees last Thursday near Denali’s Savage River Campground. On Friday park wildlife biologist Tom Meier and a local veterinarian, Dr. Denise Albert, were able to track the wolf from the air thanks to a fresh snowfall. The two located the wounded wolf on a ridge near the Savage River bridge, which is about 15 miles up the park road.

The animal was immobilized with a tranquilizer dart, and Dr. Albert cleaned the wound and administered antibiotics. While the snare was deeply embedded in the wolf’s neck, the wound was not badly infected and Dr. Albert believes the wolf will survive its injuries. Afterwards the wolf rejoined the smaller wolf that it was traveling with, which may be its mate. The pair of wolves was seen along the park road on Saturday and Sunday, and the injured wolf seems to be recovering.

The Park Service took this action as the injury to the wolf was not due to natural causes.

Park staffers had been attempting to locate and treat the animal since the injury was first reported in late February. There had been several sightings, but the animal would be gone by the time staff could get to the site.

The second wolf with a snare around its neck had been traveling with the East Fork wolf pack, but has not been seen recently.


Idaho Allows Wolf Hunting Season With Traps, No Kill Quota

July 28, 2011 | Northwest Public Radio

SALMON, Idaho – The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday for a plan that sets hunting and trapping season for the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf. The state hopes sportsmen will help keep the wolf population in check. But critics object to Idaho allowing hunters to use traps for the first time since the wolves were reintroduced.

The night before Fish and Game commissioners voted on the plan, there was a raucous public meeting, dominated by wolf foes. Mike and Irene Popp, a father and daughter anti-wolf team from Kamiah, testified Idaho isn’t going far enough to cut down the wolf population. 9-year-old Irene made a particular splash.

Irene Popp: “Can anyone tell me what’s good about the wolves?”

After that, the actual vote on the wolf hunting plan by the Fish and Game Commission seemed a little … anti-climactic.

Opinion on Wolves

Idaho’s Fish and Game officials tried to gauge public opinion on the hunting plan through an online poll. But the agency threw out the results after it appeared most of the people taking the poll were from other states – including California, New York and Florida. They were against it. The agency is also taking the results of a mailing campaign with a grain of salt. Most of the people who returned the postcards were hunters. They were for it.

But Idaho’s wolf management plan would do a couple of unprecedented things. For most of the state, there would be no quota – that is, no upper limit to how many total wolves are killed. It would also allow wolf trapping in the lower 48 for the first time in modern history. As an added incentive, commissioners also voted to dramatically lower the price of a wolf tag for out-of-staters from 186 dollars to about 31 dollars.

Jon Rachael is Idaho Fish and Game’s big game manager.

Jon Rachael: “You know, this proposal is for this season. We do not expect that this will bring us to some sort of magical or mystical balance that will make wolf lovers and wolf haters happy and make the elk come back, but it’s a step.”

Under the plan, trappers would be able to take up to three wolves. But because wolf trapping is new to Idaho sportsmen, they’ll first have to take a class on the subject. Toby Boudreau may be teaching some of the classes. He recently left Alaska to join Idaho Fish and Game. He’s trapped wolves himself.

Toby Boudreau: “You know, hunting’s a challenging way to get fur bearers because of their nocturnal nature. They often can’t be found during the day or found easily, whereas traps, you know, operate 24 hours a day.”

Idaho’s new wolf management rules allow traps that clamp the animal’s foot. They also allow snares. Boudreau brought a wire snare to the Fish and Game meeting to demonstrate how it would work on a wolf …

Toby Boudreau: “His head goes through and then the snare closes. Jessica: Cuz he’s still walking. Toby Boudreau: “Yes, he feels the restraint and pulls away, and um …”

Well, and he asphyxiates.


USA – Ban Trapping on Public Land


Do not remain silent on this issue. Sign the petition and use the contacts below. Wolves are dying brutal deaths. Do not let them slip away.



Governor Butch Otter

Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454


Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott


Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey


Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky


Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright


Southeast Region

Randy Budge


Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson

Salmon Region

Gary Power


Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771


Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here


Idaho tourism office


Write the Potato Commission

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Photo Snared Wolf Courtesy NPS

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Tags: Idaho wolves, choking wolves to death, animal cruelty, trapping is evil, sociopathic behavior, snaring sadistic

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  1. What a bunch of (can’t say the word here) low lives. I hope that these arsewipes and their families somewhere down the line endure the same torture. How would they like it if their sister, brother, mother, father, or children had this done to them?! As far as I am concerened, same thing. A family is a family no matter whether they stand on two feet or four.

    • Anne, I really hate posting these videos and I know it’s hard to watch them but a picture is worth a thousand words. The only way to bring this story home is to show what trapping and snaring are all about. We have to speak out, can we sit silently by and do nothing??

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  2. BUTCHERS!!!

  3. This video makes me sick rat bastards laughing about it

    • Cindy…The laughing is just so hard to take. What are they laughing about? Are the enjoying this? It’s like I’m watching something from an alien planet, who gets pleasure from pain? There is a word for this and it starts with S.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  4. BUTCHERS IS RIGHT,If they want to bring back the ELK population then WHY in the devil can’t they traquilize the wolves and move them into a santuary just like they have done in the UK and the wolves are doing great seems like the U.S. could learn alot from the UK

    • Rob…these people have no right to kill America’s wolves, They have created giant elk farms out of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.There are almost 400,000 elk in the three states and so few wolves Who the heck do they think they are? Why are these fish and game agencies allowed to get away with this? That’s what we should be asking. There has to be a paradigm shift in these states. The politicians running those states cater to ranchers and hunters, as if nobody else exists. Wildlife watchers might as well be invisible for all they care. Wolves have every right to exist just where they are, they are the natives. I’m so tired of these selfish people. There are plenty of elk and way too many cows but not enough wolves or other predators.

      Change will come, they will not always be in power. The tables will turn one day and wild life advocates will have their say. I can only hope it comes before they destroy every living thing except elk and deer.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  5. dansk. disse jægere, skulle udryddes, aldrig, aldrig have et geværer + snare, disse 2 mænd-morder skulle anholdes lige på stedet, for uagtsom dyredrab, DE elsker ikke naturens dyr, jeg hader dem med smil, væmmelig vidio—- jeg elsker ulve.

  6. Nabeki, I’m sorry I cannot watch the video. I am already sad, angry, despondent about what has been happening with “our” wildlife. To watch another video that is killing an innocent creature …… I cannot do.
    Please, it is nothing personal my dear.

    • I know ramses…it is horrific but i have to do it. The wolves are all dead in this video, which somehow makes it even more horrible. But it’s the only way to show people what’s happening to wolves in Idaho. I think of the puppies who are just seven months old, they are such innocents. I have a pup who is almost 11 months. I look at her and think of the wolf pups. It breaks my heart.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  7. This must stop! Good ole boy Butch Otter isn’t going to do anything. He is one of the ones laughing. My heart won’t allow hate but I am really being tested now. Please everyone let’s get this killing stopped!

    • Kathey…If we band together and protest this killing I really believe it would make a difference. But if they don’t hear from us or we don’t protest it gives them the idea that we don’t care. This is animal cruelty. These are our iconic wolves they’re killing, brought back from western extinction. This should not stand. These wolves belong to America and it’s people, not a bunch of wolf hating rednecks who enjoy killing. Sorry but I’m tired of being nice.

      For the wolves,

    • He is the one I talked to on the phone, thanks to Howling Justice posting e mails & phone numbers. He has one way of thinking & that’s it. Many of these commissioners & fish & game have a heartless way of thinking, especially about wolves. He said the wolves are killing to many elk???
      We need to be heard, & SEEN. Colorful signs, handing out information about what these people ( idaho commissioners & fish & game, are allowing, contacting TV stations & newspapers for coverage on our cause. Get groups together so we can be heard.

  8. Watched the first one but I couldn’t do it this time. Sorry.

    • That’s OK Gitte…you don’t have to punish yourself watching it but it has to be viewed by advocates who haven’t seen the brutality of snaring and the total lack of empathy coming from these trappers. There are no controls out there in the woods. They could be doing anything to these poor animals. What can we do but raise our voices in protest. I’m getting so sick of bringing you bad news everyday. When will this nightmare end?

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  9. What I cannot understand, is that they look like humans, but I must be mistaken. I think they have morphed from demons!

    Maybe with a little bit of luck, they will end up in some other trappers snare.

    • I keep wondering the same thing? How did they become this way? I was brought up with animals my entire life. I would never think of killing one for pleasure. This has to be nurture? Or maybe nurture and nature? But when I see little kids given guns and shooting animals when they can barely walk, it has to have a terrible effect on their psyche. No empathy. No remorse. It sickens me.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  10. I don’t think everyone must or should and I totally sympathize. I have a friend who can view nothing of this sort. Though I know why she can’t it doesn’t matter why. Yesterday another friend sent me an online book(let) a U.K. campaign brochure against hare coursing. When I get back to it I’ll learn something else about how to do what I’m doing. I couldn’t read past the second page description of what happens to hares when U.K. brothers of Canadian and U.S. sociopaths reach their prey. I’ve felt that way many times I also want to stand up to it.

    I did watch it. Bad news and bad images have to be posted. They work against the people who generate them.
    Good News, old news perhaps to some.
    A delegation including members of Concerned Citizens of the Sunshine Coast and the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals proposed a no trapping bylaw to the town of Gibsons, the District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Regional District. Gibsons council were the first to act, pushing the bylaw forward with very little opposition.
    The bylaw deals with the short-term strategy of getting traps out of communities, said Fox. Her organization will be lobbying the B.C. Union of Municipalities to promote the long-term strategy of creating alternatives to trapping.
    Read more:

    Hunt Sabateours Association

    There are U.S. states organizing to ban trapping states wide.
    I need to collect anti trapping campaign addresses, all actions U.S. and elsewhere. I’ll post what I find.
    For the Wolves

  11. Thank you Nabeki for supporting our petition!

    -Ed (The Wolf Army)

    • You’re welcome Ed, it’s very important to me and so many others to end brutal trapping and snaring for good on our public lands. The untold suffering it would prevent.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  12. Trappers and hunters are as beneficial to the ecosystem as a tick is to a dog. All because someone wants a wolf skin on the floor, a fur coat or fur trim on a jacket, a skull to decorate a table or a bone necklace to show off. Thoughtless people who can’t be bothered to consider the horrific source of their trinkets or those that try to cover their guilt by saying it was ‘legal’. It is why I thoroughly abhor taxidermy and the fur trade, both create a niche in which this barbaric insanity can survive in modern times.

    • John, you put it so well, what an abhorrent group. And what about the “wolf hunters” that shoot these wolves for fun, not even for their fur but just for fun. What do you think they are made of, what makes them tick? I can’t even imagine.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  13. Colorado banned leghold traps many years ago because of a citizens’ initiative. I am very thankful for that. Maybe this will work in other states. I called Jon Rachael’s office and the receptionist told me no comments against trapping wolves would be listened to by making phone calls. She also said they don’t care about e-mails. What she was most interested in was how I got the phone number.

    • What was the phone #? So you can’t call, or e mail. How can someone get a hold of them? I talked with an Idaho commissioner
      & it was talking to a robot with ONE way of thinking….. Kill the wolves. The cattle ranchers & their lobbyist’s are powerful & convince congress to put a bounty on wolves.
      I’m for getting groups together, with signs & contacting tv stations, & newspapers to see them out doing this & get pressure on the fish & game & congress this way. Maybe then they’ll listen. We’ll need to get people together to do this.

      • Caryn…the phone number for Salazar is: (202) 208-3100. I’m doing a post on the Idaho slaughter and well include this number, it should be up by tomorrow night. You can leave a message, you won’t get to Salazar but an aide answers this number, at least they did on Friday.

        For the wolves,

  14. Just remember – all wolves go to heaven. Their killers will suffer a painful death at the Lord’s hand.

  15. I did not watch the video because my parents do not allow me to see things like that. Plus i don’t want to see all the innocent wolves dead. Ladies gentleman and idiots i introduced to you the future adolf hitler. Hey anybody let’s hope and pray he steps in his own trap. Then we’ll see whose laughin

  16. I cannot watch this video but I have enought imagination to get sick about it. Why are these traps not outlawed

  17. I am an wolf advocate and activist. I give wolves a VOICE! I am working on stopping the killing and poaching of wolves in the United States and World Wide along with several other people who also believe in saving our wolves.

    • Thank you again Debra. Have you considered holding a protest or candlelight vigil where you live? If you do, please take pictures and send them to me, I’ll post them on the blog. You can upload them on our FB page, Howl Across America Or call the media and let them know you will holding a vigil/protest, they will definitely come and take pictures, you could even make the local news. The wolves need exposure in the media, especially now that the death toll is approaching 500. We have to act.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

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