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Does Josh Bransford Look Like A Victim To You?

25 Apr

Does this look like a "victim" to you? Who is the real victim in this photograph?

Poor Josh Bransford, the victim. That is the hue and cry that we keep hearing from hunter and trapper apologists after outraged living wildlife advocates demanded that Bransford be fired from his job at the U.S. Forest Service. For anyone who doesn’t know that is a smiling Josh Bransford in the photograph above with a wounded, trapped, and suffering wolf in the background. Since the photographs of Bransford spread across the world furious living wildlife advocates have expressed their outrage at the actions of Bransford through various methods. Some demanded that he be criminally charged with animal cruelty, some demanded that the be fired from his job with the U.S. Forest Service, while others made threats of violence against him and his family.

While I agree with the first two actions, the threats of violence against Bransford and his family are unacceptable no matter how revolting of a human being the man is. While covering this story I received several comments where people wanted to post Bransford’s personal address and other information. I refused to post these. Keep up the official pressure, but please keep the threats of violence against Bransford and his family out of the equation. We do not want to stoop to the same level as those who constantly threaten living wildlife advocates.

That being said I have been disgusted with the number of apologists, including the Idaho Fish and Game Department and several trapping groups, who have come to the defense of Bransford’s actions. Most recently was this article by former Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Conservation Coordinator, Erin Zwiener. In the article Zwiener basically says that after anti-trapping group Footloose Montana received a vile death threat they should have tucked their tall between their legs and not pushed the Bransford issue:

“This photo went viral, and Footloose Montana reported receiving a death threat via email. A death threat ought to be a good indication that it’s time to tone down the rhetoric. But Footloose Montana responded by reposting the story multiple times, and on April 1, the group posted the full name, work phone number and work email of the trapper posed with the wounded wolf. The group even provided contact information for his supervisors and noted that he was a Forest Service employee. Now, more than one organization is calling for him to be fired, as well as a full investigation into the wolf’s death.”

For anyone not familiar the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently gave the state of Montana $51,000 for wolf “management.” Meaning that they want the money to be used to kill more wolves. Then she says this:

“I am a strong supporter of wolf management, but I am neither a proponent nor an opponent of trapping. I try to see both sides of the issue. At this point, I assume that Footloose Montana will eventually win its battle to ban all trapping on public lands. But I don’t believe that exposing and attacking private individuals is an appropriate way to effect change, however sincerely that change is desired. And public opinion should not dictate the private morality of federal employees. Let’s not target a few men for their legal activities. Activists can fight this out at the voting booth and in the Legislature and leave law-abiding citizens alone.

So basically whenever a thug threatens living wildlife advocates we should just back down and let the status quo take it’s course. Then according to her we should let government employees act anyway they want when they are off the clock. During my time as a public servant how we behaved off the clock could have been grounds for dismissal. Whether legal or not any behavior that put a bad light on the department could have been met with repercussions. Apparently there is a double standard when that behavior includes torturing animals.

 

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42 responses to “Does Josh Bransford Look Like A Victim To You?

  1. Animal Connection

    April 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The bleeding, suffering wolf who was killed shortly after this photo was taken is the victim. Should be obvious, right?

     
    • rali74

      April 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      I am just astounded by the number of people defending this guy. Of course it is almost exclusively hunters and trappers, but still. Don’t they realize thugs like this guy are only shedding light on what they have been trying to hide from the rest of us for decades? Maybe we should thank Josh Bransford and his likeminded thugs for posting this garbage. Let’s make sure this poor wolf did not die in vain.

       
      • Clint Lenard

        November 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

        Exactly right. They’re afraid of what’s coming out. They were hoping that sane people would never see the psychotic games they play with living creatures. Their sexual enjoyment of watching lives being taken by their own hands. This is your tax dollars that are funding their own sadistic fantasies, folks. Not only are these people taking more lives than your average thug that gets locked up in the US, but they’re being PAID BY OUR GOVERNMENT, via YOUR tax dollars.

        One day our Government won’t be so full of corruption and our tax dollars won’t fund these psychotic pieces of garbage.

         
    • Colleen

      April 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      I would LOVE to make him the VICTIM!!!!!

       
    • Tereasa Messer

      November 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

      He should suffer really, I hope Karma has a gift for his smiling creepy inhumane ugly soul. This upsets me so badly I do just want to poke him in the eyes and kick him in the crotch!

       
      • Tereasa Messer

        November 2, 2013 at 8:01 am

        This is not a threat, just a wish/prayer.

         
    • Kathy D.

      November 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Zwiener says she is neither a proponent nor opponent of trapping, and talks about trying to see “….both sides of the issue.” There is a third side of the issue. That of the animals. Perhaps it is time to consider the situation from their point of view?? Where are our values?? Would you want your child’s leg stuck in one of those while someone uses it as target practice?? Suffering is suffering, whether it is that of your child or that of the wolf or any other animal stuck in a trap.

       
  2. Shelly Bristow

    April 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I think he has discovered he was a victim of his own stupidity. Anything you put out on a page has the potential to be shared. In the current wolf climate, and especially with the public outcry against trapping, this just seems to be stupid. The anti-wolf people keep bragging about “Shoot Shovel and Shut-up”…shut up would apply to posting pictures of your kills….while you are grinning.

    I will say that he should not have received death threats. That is not ok. But on the same note the Footloose Montana people shouldn’t have either.

    But should his code of ethics and his job be questioned? Sure. He is a government employee and just brough a lot of bad publicity to himself and his employer.

     
  3. Crystal Pacheco

    April 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I think is guilty and should be held responsible

     
  4. Holly Crawford

    April 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    really? not get death threats? is it ok to torture the wolf? is it ok to publish it all over internet? is it ok to act like the victim ? I THINK NOT so he he asked for them I mean wth I hope karama runs his ass over and then back again to be sure

     
    • rali74

      April 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      While I think that Bransford is a disgusting P.O.S. death threats do not do our cause any good and make us look as revolting as he and his supporters. Please, I ask all living wildlife advocates not to make death threats. We need to fight this through official channels and the media. The exposure that this story is getting shows that we are winning. The number of people coming out and defending this scumbag are already making them look worse by the day. Karma will have the final say. Please do not stoop to their level by making or advocating threats.

       
  5. LittleBritches

    April 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Making death threats against Bransford is unacceptable. We do not, however, have to accept the hogwash that he merely used poor judgement in not immediately putting that suffering wolf out of its misery. We need to remain strong in letting IDF&G that we will not accept this kind of behavior from a federal employee whose salary our tax dollars pay – it was unethical whether he did it on his own time or not. They are obviously trying to sweep this under the rug. Hunters only make up 15% of Americans and I would guess that trappers are a much smaller percentage. Americans spent millions of dollars to reintroduce the wolf into Yellowstone, and Josh Bransford or anyone else does not have the right to torture a an animal that is the product of my tax-dollar investment. Keep the heat on not only the agency this torturer works for, but on trapping in general. Bransford conduct is having an impact in California – a bill is now out of committeee which will make illegal hunting bears and bobcats with dogs. This bill has major support from Californians and will hopefully become law. We can work to make sure the wolf Bransford tortured did not die in vain, and we can also use his actions to put a stop to trapping, a sport that should have been made illegal in this country decades ago..

     
  6. Bobette Traul

    April 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I find him guilty of ignorance, like the rest of them in” thar” hills.

     
  7. chris

    April 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    how can a species be protected one year and then this happens the next? I understand the need for “managing” a species (although it’s brought nothing but problems in the past), but this goes beyond managing. This is the deliberate downright torture of an near-endangered species. And if people are aware of the whole story, the wolf was used for target practice while in the trap as well. So, for all of the people defending trappers, I pray that the tables are never turned and you have to endure such pain and misery….karma has a way of coming back on you. People are encroaching on THEIR land, let’s not forget. If you don’t want to deal with wild animals, LIVE IN THE FRIGGIN’ CITY !

     
  8. oloths

    April 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Just another pea-brained coward with a gun and a trap. Real trouble is his cruel streak. Feel sorry for his family….

     
    • smeegal

      October 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

      His family might be the problem too..where do you suppose he got his experience and role models from??

       
  9. adam

    May 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    why isnt this piece of filth fired. sick sick human being wish he was aborted. obviously filth came out of his mothers legs

     
  10. josh

    May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Id love to beat the shit outta that looser !!!

     
  11. chance

    May 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Geez- the illiterate troll Bransford thinks the moderator is stupid and can’t tell who tries to post on this site. This is a message to “slob trapper” coward Josh Bransford- You are a lowlife POS. There are hundreds of people including me that would love to get you in a leg choke hold- the world would be that much lighter you coward. You are so stupid you can’t even spell “loser” you loser

     
    • rali74

      May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Apparently he is taking this as a joke because he got off with his job intact and no criminal charges. Now he is apparently going on pro-wildlife sites and being a smart ass about what he did. If that comment was really from him it shows that the smug smile on his face shows exactly how serious he takes his torture of that wolf. It’s time to put the pressure back on the U.S. Forest Service to fire this guy.

       
  12. Sandra McGee

    May 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    LOSER – LOSER – LOSER – JOSH BRANSFORD.

     
  13. louisekane

    May 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    To Josh Bransford,

    what a terrible legacy for you to leave your children. Causing such suffering and pain. Your actions are disgraceful and you should not be allowed anywhere near wildlife. I do hope that you will someday learn something from this incident, but somehow I doubt that. Wolves are amazing, intelligent, beautiful animals, you on the other hand are a killer who pursues wolves and wildlife to kill for a thrill. Its revolting really. A sorry man with no soul, compassion, or morality.

     
    • rali74

      May 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      I hope that one day our society will look back on this killing culture and shake their heads at how sick and depraved our society was. I just cannot fathom how killing and torturing animals can be considered “recreation” in our society. Why haven’t we moved on from this infantile desire to kill? Humans are destroying our planet along with our wildlife and they just cannot realize that our species will be the first to go if things don’t change. All of this talk about animals being “overpopulated” and we always neglect to mention that there are 7 BILLION of us on this planet. And people are in a panic over 800 wolves in a huge state like Wisconsin? If any species needs “management” it is us, especially those who exploit nature and kill for their own twisted pleasure. Since our countries founding hunters and trappers have pulled the ultimate deception campaign by making people believe that killing is “conservation” and that wildlife needs to be “managed.” What will they target when they kill off all of the wildlife?

       
  14. Penny Mitchell

    June 19, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I live in Australia and have just seen this terrible suffering at the hands of a grinning idiot. I hope this is not the legacy you will leave your children. I just wanted to jump through this screen and wipe the grin off your face – you are a disgrace to humanity.

     
  15. Valerie Goodness

    July 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

    This is what someone, who knows the Bransfords posted on another website. “This criminal has not been prosecuted by Idaho Fish and Game because he under-reports his permits. Idaho Fish and Game claim he is merely doing his duty. He also poaches Elk. I suggest that anyone interested inform the Internal Revenue Service that Josh makes income undeclared by sale of trapped animals in the form of hides as trophies, and meat.”

    If this is true, this guy is a bigger jerk than we thought. This is the problem with this kind of natural resource management. it is not science based, it is based on fear and emotions. We need to unite scientists, tribes, and like minded naturalists to fight this kind of ignorance.

     
  16. Keith Webb

    August 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    How fitting. The hunter has become the hunted. It does not matter that your address has not been made public. Some very dedicated nut will find you. Sleep with one eye open Mr. Bransford.

     
    • smeegal

      October 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

      🙂

       
  17. Roxanna Wilkinson

    October 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    apparently this story is making the rounds again. Does any one have any updates as to the outcome of this?? There are many people out there who would like to know.

     
  18. Louie Kiskowski

    October 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I am very disappointed in this young man. I hope he sees the value of that life by way of the passion of the so many who care so deeply. I hope that many people can humanize themselves through this event, learn from this man’s mistakes. This is not about hunting and trapping, but the spirit behind the action. Killing is part of nature, but taking base pleasure through the taking of life is anathema to every organized religion and philosophy yet known.

     
  19. smeegal

    October 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Valerie Goodness
    July 31, 2012 at 10:19 am
    This is what someone, who knows the Bransfords posted on another website. “This criminal has not been prosecuted by Idaho Fish and Game because he under-reports his permits. Idaho Fish and Game claim he is merely doing his duty. He also poaches Elk. I suggest that anyone interested inform the Internal Revenue Service that Josh makes income undeclared by sale of trapped animals in the form of hides as trophies, and meat.”

    If this is true, this guy is a bigger jerk than we thought. This is the problem with this kind of natural resource management. it is not science based, it is based on fear and emotions. We need to unite scientists, tribes, and like minded naturalists to fight this kind of ignorance.

     
  20. smeegal

    October 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

    rali74
    May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm
    Apparently he is taking this as a joke because he got off with his job intact and no criminal charges. Now he is apparently going on pro-wildlife sites and being a smart ass about what he did. If that comment was really from him it shows that the smug smile on his face shows exactly how serious he takes his torture of that wolf. It’s time to put the pressure back on the U.S. Forest Service to fire this guy.

     
  21. Dylan

    November 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I don’t kill or eat animals, but my father in law was an avid hunter. Even he had a certain amount of respect for animals. I think for a lot of the more moral, intelligent huntsman believe animals should be humainly, quickly killed. Not a drawn out, suffering…like this small minded, inbreed hick. The world would be a lot better place without individuals like this.

     
  22. Sara

    November 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Wolf Management? Then perhaps we should put a grant up towards “human management” we over populate thus have to build more thus having to tear down and buiild over forests THUS having to move in on wolve’s habitat.. this is all i am saying!!

     
  23. Patricia Mosher

    November 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    how shameful. period. America the BEA- oh wait a minute… America THE BLOODY..

     
  24. Donna Porter

    November 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

    [Put a trap on him and let Wolves have a run at him, he should be fired and arrested.

     
  25. marilyn (@marilyn53996904)

    November 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This Idiot should be with the Real Heroes that Battle to Save their Country and Share Peace in others !! FIRE THE ASSHOLE , OR DO TO HIM AS HE DOES TO ANIMALS AS WELL OTHER ASSHOLE HUNTERS !!!

     
  26. marilyn (@marilyn53996904)

    November 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    To Sara , Right On Girl ! 🙂

     
  27. marilyn (@marilyn53996904)

    November 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    All Hunters that pose with their HIDEOUS GRINS , Should Be Charged With Abuse and Cruelty and JAILED INDEFINITLY !!!

     
  28. rhonda davis

    November 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

    This was about a year ago, does anyone know if this guy got fired! Humanity and compassion is what separate’s us from the animals! What a horrible human being! I understand hunting for food if done humanely. This is just torture!

     
  29. Kim Sellers

    November 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    This is corruption at its finest my friends. The wolves are victims every time.

     
  30. chris

    November 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Just leave the damn wolves alone!!There is enough room for all and if they thin out a herd of culls, good for them.That just means they are doing their job!!(the wolves) It pains me when i see someone with a bumper sticker that says”Smoke a pack a day” with a wolf pictured in sights… 2 years ago on my way to the Sawtooths I had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of these beautiful creatures in the wild and I count myself and my children blessed because of stupid ignorant people like this Josh dude who think it’s cool to treat these animals with contempt and disdain…who are taking this animal back to the brink of extinction again. This is their land, we are the encroachers!!

     

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