ALERT: Idaho Wolves Trapped….

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Idaho’s wolf trapping season starts today in the Lolo, Selway, Panhandle, Dworshak-Elk City and Middle Fork zones and runs through March 31, 2012.

I cannot express  in words how I feel about trapping wolves. My heart breaks daily when I check the number of  wolves slaughtered in the Idaho and Montana hunts. The Montana wolf archery season was particularly horrific BUT nothing is going to decimate wolves like trapping and snaring.

The blame for this tragedy lays solely at the feet of those  81 Senators who voted to delist wolves via budget rider and the President, who signed the bill into law, with the wolf rider intact.

“Animals caught in leg-hold traps will endure a slow and excruciating death. Some chew off their own leg in an attempt to escape. Others may freeze or bleed to death before the trapper returns. Those who don’t will be strangled, stomped or bludgeoned. The traps used kill not only their intended victims, but also injure or kill endangered species and domestic companion animals.”

I wonder if most people understand how evil trapping really is? Do you know trappers will often stomp their victims to death so they don’t incur damage to the “pelt”?

 Trapping is medieval and doesn’t belong in a civilized society. Several years ago an Alaskan female alpha wolf, who had been trapped outside Denali National Park, died a particularly brutal death. She spent fourteen horrific days in the trap, without food or water. Her pack-mates were frantic to help but they could only watch her suffer. In the end she was so hungry, she tried to eat rocks, her teeth were broken in the effort.  Her world was reduced to being caught in a painful trap, meant to deprive her of her family, deprive her of food and shelter, and ultimately deprive her of her life.  Her story has brought  me to tears more than once.

This is trapping. It is barbaric, it is torture and should be outlawed. The fact Idaho is using traps and snares, in an already brutal hunt,  is egregious beyond measure. Trapping has terrible connotations connected to wolves because it was the trap that wiped them out in the West.

This bloodbath is going unreported by the mainstream media and shame on them for it.  I wonder when the death toll reaches into the hundreds will they suddenly pay attention or will the iconic wolf, brought back to Yellowstone and Central Idaho a mere sixteen years ago, now abandoned to their enemies, will slowly slip away, unnoticed.

From the Endangered Species Handbook, Wolves, Wild Dogs and Foxes:  (Page 4)

“One study on wolves taken in various types of traps was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management (Ballenberghe 1984). It investigated injuries and mortality of 126 wolves trapped in northeastern Minnesota and Alaska. Traps used included steel jaw leghold traps of various types, some with teeth, others with smooth offset jaws; steel cable foot snares; and cable neck snares equipped with devices that prevented the loop from fully closing (Ballenberghe 1984). The results confirmed that steel jaw leghold traps caused the greatest number of injuries and mortalities: 41 percent of 109 adults, yearlings and pups caught in these traps incurred serious foot and leg injuries, defined as lacerations, damage to tissue, bone breakage, and joint dislocations (Ballenberghe 1984). Three wolves, including a pup, had broken leg bones; two others lost front feet after they were nearly amputated by the trap. One young male with broken radius and ulna bones in his foreleg was released in this study to stumble off; this wolf was caught by a trapper several months later (Ballenberghe 1984).

Other injuries resulted when trapped animals gnawed their own feet off and chewed on the traps, breaking teeth and splitting lips. The steel jaw leghold traps caused tissue, muscle and tendon injuries, even when checked daily” (Ballenberghe 1984).”

Aside from leg hold traps, there are snare traps. These are equally horrific. In  1992 there was a mind-boggling “research project” conducted in Alaska, involving the use of thousands of wire snares laid to kill wolves in a misguided attempt to increase ungulate populations.  The ESA Handbook further describes the horror that ensued.

“In 1992, such a wolf “research” program, involving the setting of thousands of wire snares, was carried out south of Fairbanks. Gordon Haber, a conservationist and wolf biologist who has worked for decades on behalf of Alaska’s
wolves, brought television crews to film the snaring operation in December 1994.

They were shocked by the scene that awaited them. Four wolves had been caught in wire snares, two of them pups. One was dead, and three were still alive, terrified and in great pain. A 6-month-old pup, with its paw caught in a neck snare, had chewed off its foreleg in a futile effort to escape. Another had been snared around the chest, causing deep wounds. The other two had been snared by the leg. All these snares had been set to catch the wolves by the neck and kill them, yet none did. Members of the pack milled about nearby, unwilling to leave their fellows. Two snared Caribou were lying dead nearby. A trapper was filmed as he attempted to shoot the wolves, repeatedly missing or wounding them because he used the wrong caliber ammunition in his gun. He shot one pup five times in the head and body at point-blank range with the wrong gauge ammunition. The pup, wounded, remained standing. The trapper then reloaded with other ammunition, and this time shot all three wolves fatally.”

Read more: http://www.endangeredspecieshandbook.org/persecution_wolves4.php

Today is the opening day of wolf trapping in Idaho. Please contact Governor Otter, the Idaho Commissioners, IDFG, Idaho Tourism and the Potato Commission. Let them know how you feel about trapping wolves. Use the facts in this post to convey your message. Be polite but to the point.

The war on wolves continues in the Northern Rockies. Tell everyone you know. Who is going to speak for wolves if not us?

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CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Mailing Address:
Idaho.gov
999 Main St, Suite 910
Boise, ID 83702

 Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott
mcmule@msn.com

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Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov

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Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky
bbarowsky@fmtc.com

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Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright
2wrights@cableone.net

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Southeast Region

Randy Budge
rcb@racinelaw.net

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Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson
kenny.anderson@idfg.idaho.gov
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Salmon Region

Gary Power
gpower@centurytel.net

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Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771

virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

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Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920  

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Videos: Courtesy YouTube

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: cruel trapping, animal suffering, ban trapping, animal cruelty, wolf persecution

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  1. Powerful message! Now please-everyone Act!

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    • Yes Ann….we need action. If everyone on the blog held one protest think of what a difference it would make? We can’t stay silent anymore, the wolves are dying at an alarming rate and Idaho wants to kill as many wolves as they can, they’re afraid the Ninth Circuit will stop the hunts, so it’s a race to the death zone for the wolves.

      Please everyone make a sign, buy a sharpie, hold a protest, let the rest of the country and the world know what’s happening to these wolves. We have to get the message out, the mainstream media is not covering it.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  2. TRAPPING IS UNHUMANE IN AN ANIMALS LIFE. SHOOTING IS ALSO. JUST SAVE AND PROTECT THE WOLVES WHO HAVE BEEN HERE LONG BEFORE US . ALL ANIAMSL HAVE ANIMAL RIGHTS . PLEASE STOP TAPPING AND KILLING THESE MISUNDERSTOOD WOLVES THANK YU

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  3. Really shame to put trapps to kill animals!!
    sorry for my bad english

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  4. The sad thing is that animals should have rights, but they don’t. I don’t know of any petitions that we can sign here in England. Obama wont do anything to protect them. It’s like the fox hunts here, the government in power are themselves hunters and even though it is banned at the moment, it still goes on and there are many loopholes in the law.

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  5. This literally brought me to tears. I could not watch the whole video. There are no words I can think of for this barbaric way of man …

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    • I’m so sorry Janet but I have to post those videos to let people know what the wollves are going to suffer. The snares are just as bad as the traps. Please spread the word to your friends and everyone you know that cares about wildlife.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  6. Every being is trapped under man’s snare of greed! The pigs, the chickens, the calves, the independent life that lives undomesticated… All of them – Trapped for profit. Sickening!

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  7. This sickens me to the point I cant imagine. Not only do they use these agonizing traps. They use hawks and eagles to… it may be a quick death, but they only do it for the pure ‘joy’ in killing the animal. all they do is have a hawk/eagle attack and kill the wolf with its talons, and then the hawk/eagle gets rewarded with food. basically they starve the hawk/eagle so that it will obey them, they kill the wolf, leave its body there to rot, and reward the hawk/eagle with a mouse. I just thought i would let you know about this. It’s completely horrible. every time i see any type of animal get killed in any way, it brings me to tears. man are going farther than barbaric… they are crossing the line. and I’m gonna do something about it.

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  8. My heart is broken….we must help stop this; we are here for the animals; on their behalf.

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    • Mine too Gretchen…but we can do something about this, we’re not helpless. Please share this with all your friends and anyone and everyone who cares about wolves and wildlife.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  9. After calming down from watching these videos, I realized that Nabeki’s posting them is a blessing. Most people who see these videos would be absolutely appalled that this is going on. I don’t think most of the population has any idea. Videos like these are our greatest ally because they show the hard, cold facts about trapping; the absolute evil of it. Talk about these videos to people; show them to people. If these were a 30 second commercial on prime-time tv, the viewers wouldn’t be able to believe it, or ever forget it. The uprise would be phenomenal and trapping would cease to exist. But first, people must know about it to stop it.

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  10. It is heartbreaking. These videos should be broadcast nationwide primetime, then perhaps someone woke up.

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  11. It is past time to protect our wildlife. I am a converted trapper who learned one time, many years ago, what a squirrel goes through when snared. It was the last animal I trapped.

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  12. What inhumanity we practice, even in these modern times.If we did this to our dog or cat, we would go to jail.

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  13. Please, we all need to wake up and stop this ongoing slaughter.

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  14. SHOCKING AND HORRIBLE! HOW DO WE GET THIS KIND OF VIDEO ON THE NIGHTLY NEWS FOR PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT, AND OUTCRY TO STOP IT!!!!!????????

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    • I would love to know how to do this.

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  15. I have no words…But I did have some scathing words for our spineless Senators who allowed this to happen.
    Please email them!
    I sent this link and told them the blood is on their hands.

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  16. I recieved a call from the Governor’s office in Idaho and the woman let me know that we should call 208-334-2100 for the messages about the slaughtering of the wolves. She told me that we ARE being heard and that people up there do care about what is going on and are listening. I got the distinct impression she supported what we are doing. So maybe, if we keep all this work up, it will pay off; for the wolves.

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    • though i may only be (insert age here), i thank you for the number, and will call them if possible.

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      • You are welcome wazaiyata…and thank you for your effort for the wolves,

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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  17. I don’t know how I could possibly be polite and measured in a response to Butch Otter’s office! This is so barbaric and cruel and so horrifying to me. How can anyone do what the hunters are doing to any animal?!! It is beyond me. Right now, I am so disgusted and furious that I would like to squeeze that man’s you-know-what’s in a snare and his other you-know-what in a leg trap!!!!!!!

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    • You Go Donna! I will join you with snaring the hunters ;D (but what if their girls?)

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  18. I am sure, if there is an overpopulation of wolves, the way to insure this is to spay & neuter & then to release them. How do you trap a wolf? Using “Have A Hart Traps”. The animal’s paws are not caught, there is no pain and no danger that the animal will eat their paw off to get out of the trap. Yes, that’s what happens in the traps they are now using. So, Governor Butch Otter, please don’t say “you didn’t know!

    Please change your tactics and your traps.
    Sincerely,
    Ellen J. Baron
    North Bergen, NJ 07047

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    • I can assure you Ellen, there is no overpopulation of wolves in Idaho. Minnesota has over 3000 wolves with a larger human population. Idaho is waging a war against wolves living there. Trapping is barbaric and cruel and will decimate the wolf population.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  19. Why, oh why is Idaho torturing and killing their gray wolves? This is horrible. Those poor wolves…now they must dodge bullets and traps. Now they must watch where they put their feet and if they put them in the wrong place then they will suffer extreme pain from the traps – and then they will die at the hands of wolf-hating trappers. I wish that I could do something to help the wolves. I try to tell people about this when I can, and I even made a Youtube video about it (well, ok, it’s more of a dedication to the wolves who lost their lives to this cruel hunt, but it does have basic infomation on what is going on), but I don’t know if it is helping at all.

    By the way, do you know if the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is posting the number of wolves “harvested” (killed) from the Trapping Season? Or are they just combining those numbers with the number of wolves “harvested” (killed) from the hunting?

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    • NoonvaleWolf…..Not sure how they are going to track trapped and snared wolves. I’ll check the info tomorrow and let everyone know. I have the ribbons on the front page of the blog for the death toll, they may roll the trapping right into the other numbers, I don’t think they want the publicity on the trapping nightmare. They want this low key, we have to make sure we report as many details of this ugly business as possible. They are killing America’s wolves and we must spread the word. The numbers are going to skyrocket when trapping and snaring gets into full swing. a virtual bloodbath. Please use all the phone numbers I provided to continue to call Idaho and express how you feel about the war they’re waging against America’s wolves.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  20. put traps in a hunters lawn let him walk on it and let him feel how painful it is

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  21. I wonder why we even petitioned the Court – I wonder why we even placed some home in what they will do – they will site on their hands and do nothing – and that’s the saddest part of all – there is nobody on the side of the Wolves – and the ones that are are our of options –

    That Court could have stopped it all two month ago – temporarily or for good – and nothing yet – oh what a great and fair Country we live in – it amazed me every day how fair our justice system is –

    So what are appelate Courts good for? why do they listen to anything just to sit there and not make a decision? I no longer hold my breath for them to hand down something fair – it won’t happen.

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  22. Nabeki, those have to be the hardest video’s to watch that I have ever watched. The first and second definitely sent out an extremely powerful message to go to action and DO something. The third was the most horrific film I have ever had to watch, it made my eyes water terribly and I couldn’t help but cry. When the wolf was shot, I felt a hint of the sharp pain as I saw the bullet hit it, it was a horrible, horrible feeling and an extremely hard thing to watch, to see the life fade out of such a beautiful, intelligent and important creature, you could almost hear it say, “Why?”. These murderers just said things on the lines of, “nice shot” and “beautiful animals”, talking about the ONCE beautiful animals that they had taken the life out of them, with no sympathy or sorrow. For what? Nothing more than money. Cold, hard money. Can they not see how painful it is, being trapped, writhing in pain, with no hope of escape? I wonder if their opinion would change, once they’ve been in one of those barbaric traps, legs hanging, blood seeping.

    Why, oh why, can’t people understand and RESPECT the creatures of the earth? Just because they cannot speak in the way that we can, does not mean that we have the right to brutally murder them. Animals were put on this earth for us to care for, not to cull.

    I hope to help as much as I can, Nabeki.

    Zarago

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  23. Nabeki,

    I just wanted to let you know, I am spreading the word about these videos you posted. I think people should see these postings. Thank you for putting them on here. Things like these videos will do more to show people the horrific evil going on than words can ever do. We will stop this cruelty; we will succeed.

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  24. This is horrific. I cannot watch the video — I already know what happens. Is this really the 21 century?! How can we continue to allow animal torture? The government is bowing to pressure from “big money” just as they are bowing to big money to bring back horse slaughter in the U.S. All barbaric and unnecessary. This needs to stop — NOW!

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  25. I am a hunter and animal lover, trapping under no circumstances is humane, and should never be allowed. I plan to take action with all the resources I can.

    Please let me know the best approach you think we should take. Is it a call, an email or me calling my resources in Government offices?

    Thanks.

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  26. This is a NIghtmare. I am sharing all the petitions I can with everyone.

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