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Josh Bransford: Comedian

Josh Bransford: The FACE of the modern “sportsman” and wannabe comedian.

A couple of days ago I received the below e-mail notifying me that there was a new comment that needed approval. Look closely at the name. Does it seem familiar?

New comment waiting approval on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

josh commented on Does Josh Bransford Look Like A Victim To You?

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

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IP: 68.39.35 68.39
E-mail: joshbransford@     .com
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Whois: http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/68.

That’s right, the post came from an email address belonging to a person named Josh Bransford in response to my article titled “Does Josh Bransford Look Like A Victim To You?” What a coincidence that this is the same name as the sadistic Idaho trapper photographed smiling with a bloody tortured wolf in the background.
Apparently Brandford thinks that this is all a big joke and he now has to visit pro-wildlife sites to leave mocking comments. I even mentioned in the post how wildlife advocates should not make threats against Bransford or his family. In response he has to come on this site and think that he is being funny by mocking other commenters. This guy really does not have any shame and it is all a big joke to him. He must be reveling in all of the attention his sadistic acts have brought him. 
Now is not the time to let up the pressure on the U.S. Forest Service who employs this guy. Please contact the Forest Service and let them know that their response to the wolf torture incident was unacceptable and Bransford should be fired for making their agency look bad.

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

Jane Cottrell
Deputy Regional Forester, Region 1 US Forest Service
PO Box 7669
Missoula, Montana 59807
(406) 329-3311
jcottrell@fs.fed.us

Rick Brazell
Clearwater/Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor
12730 Highway 12
Orofino, Idaho 83544
(208) 476-4541
rbrazell@fs.fed.us

Terry Nevius
District Ranger
Red River Ranger District
PO Box 416
Elk City, Idaho 83525
(208) 842-2245
tnevius@fs.fed.us

Note: I deleted parts of the e-mail address for privacy purposes. I am not trying to protect Bransford, but our policy is to not publish the personal e-mail addresses of people who comment on this site no matter how revolting they are.
 
 

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Does Josh Bransford Look Like A Victim To You?

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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Trapping Apologists Try To Justify Bransford’s Actions

Josh Bransford, the FACE of the modern "sportsman," showing "respect" for his "adversary" according to Dave Linkhart of the National Trappers Association

Here are some interesting quotes from representatives of trapping groups that are trying damage control after the publication of the Bransford photos. These quotes are from an article by Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman.

From Pat Carney of the Idaho Trappers Association:

“This kind of stuff is the reason we pushed for it,” said association president Pat Carney of Mountain Home. “We knew everyone in the nation would be looking at us.”

“Bransford’s mistake was not posing with his trophy, Carney said. It was posting it online, the sort of thing instructors in the trapping class discouraged.”

From David Linkhart of the National Trappers Association:

“The problem with posting photos of trapped animals online is that the wolf issue is so polarizing right now, said David Linkhart, the National Trapping Association director of national and international affairs.”

“He said that such displays are a way for trappers to celebrate their success in overcoming a skilled adversary.”

“The trapper is not showing disrespect for its prey; he’s showing respect,” Linkhart said.

“I don’t see any difference between this and a hunter or angler showing off their trophy.”

So the “mistake” was not taking the photograph, it was posting it online according to these people. And now unwitting trapped animals are “adversaries” in the mind of a national trapping group representative. Here is the definition of an adversary from Dictionary.com:

ad·ver·sar·y [ad-ver-ser-ee], plural ad·ver·sar·ies, adjective
noun
1.
a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
2.
a person, group, etc., that is an opponent in a contest; contestant.
3.
the Adversary, the devil; Satan.

That say it all. This is the mindset of these people. Basically what Brandford did was fine, but his mistake was posting it on the internet, and that trapped animals are “adversaries.” These are the faces and voices of the modern American “sportsman.”

 

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Idaho Fish and Game Report Says Trapped Black Wolf Not Shot, “Just Nicked”

Josh Bransford, U.S. Forest Service employee, and the face of the modern "sportsman."

Another outstanding article from Bill Gibson of the Earth Island Journal about the Josh Bransford photograph cover-up and the war on on wolves in Idaho.

Idaho Fish and Game Report Says Trapped Black Wolf Not Shot, “Just Nicked

Idaho is attempting to cover up and minimize this incident. Please do not let up the pressure.

 

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Portrait Of A Monster In His Own Words

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
ttidwell@fs.fed.us

Jane Cottrell
Deputy Regional Forester, Region 1 US Forest Service
PO Box 7669
Missoula, Montana 59807
(406) 329-3311
jcottrell@fs.fed.us

Rick Brazell
Clearwater/Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor
12730 Highway 12
Orofino, Idaho 83544
(208) 476-4541
rbrazell@fs.fed.us

Terry Nevius
District Ranger
Red River Ranger District
PO Box 416
Elk City, Idaho 83525
(208) 842-2245
tnevius@fs.fed.us

 
 

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