Last week, photographs emerged that showed a grinning trapper in Idaho posing in front of a wolf that was caught in one of his traps. The Montana based anti-trapping group Footloose Montana posted the photographs on their Facebook page and they spread quickly across the nation. This past Monday Footloose received an email that contained this “anonymous” message:
“I would like to donate (sic) a gun to your childs (sic) head to make sure you can watch it die slowly so I can have my picture taken with it’s (sic) bleeding dying screaming for mercy body. YOU WILL BE THE TARGET NEXT BITCHES!”
The threat was forwarded to the FBI and local law enforcement. Following the posting of these pictures information has come out in two separate articles that identified this trapper as being a U.S. Forest Service employee in Idaho.
Even more disturbing is what the head of the National Trappers Association told the Great Falls Tribune in the above article:
“Dave Linkhart, spokesman for the National Trappers Association, said there’s nothing wrong with a trapper posing with his catch before killing the animal. “You pose with a successful catch just like you do with a successful hunt,” Linkhart said. “People make the problem of attributing human feelings and emotions to these animals.”Linkhart claimed trapped animals don’t suffer, so taking the time to shoot a photograph does not cross ethical boundaries.”If you look at the trap — across the pad of the foot like that — if you were to release the animal it would walk away like nothing happened,” Linkhart said.”
What? This is the type of propaganda that we are up against. In his world this poor wolf was not suffering? He was shot at twice by others while in the trap and left a huge area of snow covered in blood. Remember folks, state agencies call this type of activity “conservation” and “recreation.” Torture is now recreation and actively promoted by state agencies, including Wisconsin. This will be happening to our wolves soon. It already happens with over 500,000 animals each year in this state.
How many more photographs like this are out there? This person just happened to post the pictures to brag on a trapper board and wildlife advocates came across them. This is the true face of trapping, and the cold heartless people that participate in it.