Montana Group Receives Death Threat for Posting Brutal Trapping Photos

30 Mar

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.

Photos of live, trapped wolf prompt threats to Missoula-based group

Wolf Torture and Execution Continues in the Northern Rockies

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.


6 responses to “Montana Group Receives Death Threat for Posting Brutal Trapping Photos

  1. Bobette Traul

    March 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    They need to really press this issue on the FBI. The Missoulian has a couple of great opinions. I read them on line yesterday.

  2. chance

    March 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Gee whizz- just what we need…… a lecture from a ghoul from the NTA telling us about ethics….That’s a good one. They are so detached from emotion that’s why they accuse everyone else of showing too much- they have no sense of empathy, compassion,
    or decency

  3. rali74

    March 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Check out this comment that was posted in the Milwaukee Journal on March 13th:

    “Hunting and trapping are far and away the best tools for managing wolf populations. Wolves with pups will not be shot because the hunting season takes place in fall when pups are grown up and able to fend for themselves. Trapping is also a very logical, effective, and humane way to manage the wolf population. When caught in a leg hold trap (which often times have the jaws padded) the animal usually lays down and often times falls asleep. Animals are incapable of inflicting harm on themselves i.e. “chewing off their own leg”. That is a wive’s tale and simply untrue. Trapping allows for selective harvest – non target animals or immature animals can be released unharmed. Also, traps must legally be checked every day – trapped animals will not be caught for days on end. Hunters and trappers offer the best, most economical,and most logical solution for managing wolves. Mother nature has her own way of dealing with over populations. That includes mainge (where all the animal’s fur falls off), parasites, starvation, or succombing to the elements – all very long, cruel, and gruesome ways to die.”

    Those traps just sound so darn comfortable. I want to get caught in one and have a good nap! Again here is the “We kill them so they don’t die” argument. What planet do these people live on?

    • Hiker1

      April 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      I too would like to take a nap in a trap. Then maybe I’d meet someone that likes the outdoors as much as I do and is in to helping wildlife from mange. NOT! Denial is a very difficult process to make breakthrough’s in depending on the problem. Where are our experts in such processes when we need them?

  4. putney

    April 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    If it isn’t painful to the animal perhaps Dave Linkhart should stick his leg in a trap and show us a video.

    • chance

      April 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I think it would fit better if it was around his freakin neck.


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