Portrait Of A Monster In His Own Words

04 Apr

By now, I am sure that most of you have seen the horrific photo in the posts from the past few days.  But have you heard his own words? Here is what the trapper, who goes by the screen name “Pinching,” had to say on the “Trapperman” website when he proudly posted the horrific pictures.

“I got a call on Sunday morning from a FS [Forest Service] cop that I know. You got one up here as there was a crowd forming. Several guys had stopped and taken a shot at him already.”

“Male that went right at 100 pounds. No rub spots on the hide, and he will make me a good wall hanger.”

Then he talks about the poor misunderstood thugs who shot at the trapped wolf from the road multiple times.

“I was a bit miffed at them, but in reality, I can’t get too worked up about it. It could have ended up a lot worse. Small town and all, and pretty sure they were not doing it out of ill-will.”

Then comes the kicker:

“To be sure, I was not mad, and when the boys told me the story I kind of chuckeled (sp)… I would have done the same I think.”

He would have done the same thing. Well as it turns out, he has. This appears to be the same person from the Idaho Supreme Court Data Registry:

State of Idaho vs. Joshua Jack Ray Bransford
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2004-0023048 Magistrate Judge: Michael J. Griffin Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Disposition
04/22/2004 I36-1508(A) Shooting From Or Across A Public Highway
Officer: Willmott, Larry, 7000 33098 Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 05/05/2004
Fines/fees: $97.00
Register of actions: Date
04/23/2004 New Case Filed
04/23/2004 Hearing Scheduled (Arraignment 05/18/2004 08:45 AM)
05/05/2004 Written plea of guilty
05/05/2004 Payment Received

This was also not the first time that Bransford was charged with a wildlife violation. Bransford was convicted of fishing with barbed hooks in 2009, and was charged in 1997 of Unlawful Possession/Transportation of Wildlife with the prosecutor dismissing the case. There are also several traffic violations including Driving Under the Influence. But guess what? He is still employed on our dime with the U.S. Forest Service. And apparently the Forest Service saw nothing wrong with what he did:

From an article today in the Missoulian:

“Phil Sammon, a spokesman for Region 1 of the Forest Service in Missoula, said the federal agency has also reviewed the incident in response to the public reaction. Sammon said the Forest Service found that Bransford was acting on his own time while involved in a legal, state-licensed activity, and therefore had no grounds for recourse.”

“First of all, the Forest Service does not condone any cruel or inhumane treatment of animals or wildlife whatsoever, but this young man was acting on his own time and the trapping took place on private lands,” Sammon said. “So in this case there is no regulatory posture that the Forest Service has. It’s a private individual abiding by state laws on a state issue.”

And not surprisingly the same article points out that the Idaho Fish and Game Department found Bransford’s behavior perfectly acceptable:

“In response, conservation officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game completed an investigation into the incident and concluded that the trapper, a fire management officer for the Nez Perce National Forest, did not commit any legal violations.”

“Mike Keckler, communications chief for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said trapper Josh Bransford possessed all of the proper tags, attended a state-sponsored wolf-trapping class, was trapping on private land, had permission from the landowner and was checking his traps daily (Idaho law only requires trappers to check their trap lines every 72 hours).”

“Investigators subsequently “concluded that he did nothing wrong,” Keckler said.”

You heard it folks. He did “nothing wrong.” That’s right letting a trapped and shot animal languish in a trap while you have a grinning photograph taken is a perfectly acceptable behavior in Idaho and probably many other parts of the nation. This is what our society has become. This is considered “recreation” nationwide.

Fellow wildlife advocates, I urge you not to let this issue go. This horrific behavior is considered acceptable by our lawmakers and fish and game departments. This is what is coming for wolves in Wisconsin this fall. Here are the contacts for the U.S. Forest Service management in charge of Bransford. Remember we the taxpayer are paying for his salary:

Tom Tidwell
Chief US Forest Service
Yates Building
201 14th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20250
(202) 205-8439

Jane Cottrell
Deputy Regional Forester, Region 1 US Forest Service
PO Box 7669
Missoula, Montana 59807
(406) 329-3311

Rick Brazell
Clearwater/Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor
12730 Highway 12
Orofino, Idaho 83544
(208) 476-4541

Terry Nevius
District Ranger
Red River Ranger District
PO Box 416
Elk City, Idaho 83525
(208) 842-2245


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10 responses to “Portrait Of A Monster In His Own Words

  1. L

    April 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Start a petition on to have him fired. This site does work if you market your petition well enough.

  2. Bobette Traul

    April 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    This makes the US Forest Service a bunch of crooks themselves. That is what the FS says but they”re not the court.

  3. Eileen Stark

    April 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Why not push for criminal charges, in addition to getting the piece of garbage fired from his public service job? He has a criminal record, afterall. Idaho anti-cruelty laws are weak, but it’s all there is.


    Every person who is cruel to any animal, or who causes or procures any animal to be cruelly treated, or who, having the charge or custody of any animal either as owner or otherwise, subjects any animal to cruelty, is, for every such offense, guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, be punished in accordance with section 25-3520A, Idaho Code.

    • rali74

      April 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      The problem is that thugs like this usually get a free pass because most states exempt hunting and trapping from animal cruelty laws. Apparently a domestic dog or cat can feel pain but a wild animal cannot according to these lawmakers. What kind of society have we become? They can’t burn witches at the stake anymore or lynch minorities so they have to persecute animals to get their bloodlust satisfied. Now that I got my sermon out of the way I am glad to see that there is so much outrage at what this guy did. This story along with other equally brutal pictures are spreading across the nation and even the world. There is a new image out there showing one of these thugs strangling a trapped wolf. The picture is grainy, but they believe they know the person who did it. When I get more confirmation I will be writing about that one as well. Keep up the pressure.

  4. chance

    April 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Our country protects and defends the killers instead of defending the hunted. After all, the US is a dangerous violent place where thrill killing and torturing innocent animals is looked at as “heritage” and “keeping the tradition alive”. Remember the PA lawyer that was arrested for telling hunters that were shooting deer from the road on HER PERSONAL PROPERTY to go away…..These hunter harassment laws in this country prove how FU*(” up this country is.

    • rali74

      April 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I love it how all of these big bad gun toting, cammo clad hunters are so scared of “harassment” that they need states to pass laws to protect them from those mean people telling them to get off of THEIR property. This is why there needs to be a complete overhaul of fish and game boards, and fish and game departments. It is currently the fox guarding the hen house the way most are structured now.

  5. Hunter Holifield

    August 1, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Good luck getting action from the Forest Service. “Action” is not in their vocabulary in their leadership culture — the fire-fighting community aside. I know enough about ol’ Tom & Rick that they’ll sit on their butts and do nothing about it.

  6. Donna Carlson

    August 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    OK, if this guy treats animals like this and appears to have a history — what would or does he do to humans then? There is a pattern here!!!

  7. KTZ

    August 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I hope someone reads this who has been in touch with or plans to write US Fed / State officials. As a Federal Employee, Josh Bransford is bound by the “14 Principals of Ethical Conduct for Federal Employees” which can be found at:

    (14) Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that they are violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Whether particular circumstances create an appearance that the law or these standards have been violated shall be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts.

    There’s no doubt that Josh Bransford violated this ethic, and if you look at a couple of the other Principals, you can see how his actions can be considered to have been in violation of them as well.

    Not sure if this helps, but perhaps word can get out?

  8. Allen Hartley

    February 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Cursed are all those who murder that which is sacred. Josh Bradford, his kind, and all those associated with and support him are especially cursed. I will place a pole of niding and curse them with ancient powers that will not fail. Their actions are unhonorable, cowardly, and evil.


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