Wolves Trapped To Death

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A wolf choked to death by a killing snare. This is the face of trapping, so hard to look at but in good conscience can we look away?

Every day I wrestle with what to post or not. The pictures are shocking and gruesome but necessary because they shine a bright light on trapping and snaring. I do it for the wolves who’s howls are being  silenced by this brutality.

This post is dedicated to the first wolf trapped in Idaho.  She was trapped or snared & killed on Nov 16 in the Dworshak-Elk City Zone in Unit 14, near the old ghost town of Florence. The small female wolf, killed on the second day of Idaho’s first ever wolf trapping season of modern times, weighed 80 lbs and was a subadult (1 1/2 years old). This area used to be the home range of the Florence Wolf Pack, but after heavy-handed control ordered by IDFG, that pack has ceased to exist. Florence is located in the mountains north of the Salmon River, some 15 miles form Riggins. Idaho trappers can kill up to ten wolves in the 2011-12 trapping season which goes from Nov. 15 to March 31.

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Trapped

by Tim Woody

Photo by Tim Woody

This is no way to see a beautiful animal.

We were rambling across the Portage flats in search of a decent trail on Saturday when my friend Mark stopped at the edge of a copse of alders. A few feet into the brush, a large, healthy wolf lowered itself back to the snow, exhausted and in pain, its right front leg crushed by a steel-jawed trap.

The wolf’s struggle was evident for yards around the wooden post to which the trap was anchored. Trampled snow was covered with splintered wood, chunks of ice, and blood spatters. But this once-powerful animal was done fighting. Its eyes watched us, but it was too tired to hold its head up and track our movements. Its breathing was shallow. We wondered how long it had been there facing its slow, painful death. There is no state law mandating how frequently trappers must check their traplines.

We wished we had a pistol, because the scene in front of us was one of dreadful suffering. A merciful bullet would have made everyone feel better. There was nothing we could do except spare the wolf further anxiety by continuing on our way.

READ MORE: http://www.alaskamagazine.com/blogs/trapped
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The Art of Trapping Idaho’s Wolves

http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/2011/11/21/the-art-of-trapping-idahos-wolves/

This is an extremely one-sided story glorifying trapping and snaring, and how great it is to pass this cruel & inhumane “hobby” on to your children and grandchildren. Boise State Public Radio missed the boat on this one.

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Tread carefully with traps Fish & Game balances hunters, wolves, wildlife

http://www.cdapress.com/news/outdoors/article_0d3899c9-0ddf-5103-8c51-140c6bb5eed6.html

IDFG brought in an Alaskan trapper with plenty of killing experience to spread his knowledge to wolf haters signing up by the hundreds for the trapping course.

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I’ve asked a lot of you over the last several years but this is the gravest crisis wolves have faced since their reintroduction. The wolf hunts have taken an even darker turn with the introduction of snares and traps in Idaho. Speak out for them before it’s too late. They are dying at an alarming rate, 236 dead and climbing.  That’s not counting the wolves killed by Wildlife Services in 2011.

CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

http://www.gov.idaho.gov/ourgov/contact.html

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

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

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott

 Chairman, Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner

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

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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/

For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.Simon Wiesenthal

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Top Photo: Hunt 101
Middle Photo: Courtesy Tom Woody
Bottom Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Posted In: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Trapping wolves
Tags: Idaho wolves, snares, leg hold traps, wolves suffering, trapping animal cruelty

Black Tuesday…

November 17, 2011

Dear Friends,

 More than ever, Idaho’s wolves need your voice to speak for them.

 On Black Tuesday, November 15, 2011, a five-month trapping and snaring season began. Anyone who has taken a brief course taught by professional wolf killers can now strangle or mangle wolves all winter up until March 31, 2012, in the Middle Fork Salmon River, Selway, Lolo, Panhandle or Dworshak-Elk City Zones. Up to 10 wolves can be taken by wolf trappers.

 Idaho trappers are celebrating and the media is playing up to them. http://www.kval.com/news/national/133901783.html

 Wolf killers want all of Idaho open to trapping and snaring. As of today, 127 wolves have died since August 30th, including at least 32 pups & yearlings. At least 1/3 of reports don’t even list the age of the wolf.

 Idaho’s political fist (our red legislature, ranchers, big game outfitters, trophy hunters) aims to reduce wolves to 150 or less in Idaho. It has been a hard pill to swallow to see the Obama administration support this jihad against wolves in Idaho (and Montana and Wyoming).

 We strongly suggest that you be extremely careful going anywhere in Idaho with your family, dog, or horse. The people who attended the trapping and snaring classes were sent home with a free snare “for practice”. Snares can quickly choke to death anything that has the misfortune to be caught in it.  Bolt cutters (how many of us carry those?) are the only tool that will cut the cable in time to save a life.

 Outrageous? Yes. You might encounter traps and snares anywhere. They can be legally set within 10’ from the middle of a trail. No warning signs required. Carry bolt cutters (cost $50). Always hike or ski with three people in case your dog is caught in a trap.

 PROTEST THIS ATROCITY AGAINST WOLVES & YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND PETS.

 PLEASE PHONE OR EMAIL – BE BRIEF, POLITE & SINCERE.

 IDFG Director Virgil Moore: (208) 334-3771 virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

 Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept. (208) 334-2920 jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

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 Governor Butch Otter office – (208) 334-2100

Leave message with secretary.

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 EMAIL IDFG COMMISSIONERS

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/?getPage=183

Tony McDermott, Chairman
Panhandle Region Commissioner
mcmule@msn.com
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Fred Trevey, Clearwater Region
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov
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Gary Power, Salmon Region
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Randy Budge, SE Idaho Region
rcb@racinelaw.net
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Kenny Anderson, Upper Snake Region
kenny.anderson@idfg.idaho.gov
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Bob Barowsky, SW Idaho Region
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Dr. Wayne Wright, Magic Valley Region
2wrights@cableone.net

 Wolves don’t have cell phones, they don’t have email. We are their only voice. Please speak up!

A Concerned Idaho Resident

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leg hold trap cruelty

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Photo: Courtesy all creatures

Posted in: Animal cruelty, Idaho wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: leg hold traps, snares, wolf bloodbath, wolf scapegoating, Idaho wolf trapping, wolves suffering

Idaho Wolf Trapping Season Starts November 15…..

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Idaho’s wolf trapping season opens November 15 and runs through March 31, 2012. It will be allowed  in the Lolo, Selway, Panhandle, Dworshak-Elk City and Middle Fork zones. 

I cannot express to you in words how I feel about trapping wolves. This is the very torture that was responsible for wolves’ Western extermination.  My heart breaks daily when I check the number of  wolves slaughtered in the Idaho and Montana hunts. The Montana wolf archery season is particularly horrific to me BUT nothing is going to decimate wolves like trapping.

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.”

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Videos: Courtesy YouTube

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

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

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