Wisc trappers (and the DNR) call this harvesting

Alaska magazine: Trapped.

This is no way to see a beautiful animal.

We were rambling across the Portage flats in search of a decent trail on Saturday when my friend Mark stopped at the edge of a copse of alders. A few feet into the brush, a large, healthy wolf lowered itself back to the snow, exhausted and in pain, its right front leg crushed by a steel-jawed trap.

The wolf’s struggle was evident for yards around the wooden post to which the trap was anchored. Trampled snow was covered with splintered wood, chunks of ice, and blood spatters….


1 thought on “Wisc trappers (and the DNR) call this harvesting

  1. I wonder how all the deer and moose feel as the friendly, lovable, cute, little wolf and it’s family are eating it alive? Did you post pictures of that? Do you really think the wolves only eat the old ones that died peacefully in their sleep??? Why don’t you blog about those things??? Nature is actually pretty cruel – No, it’s very cruel – if you take a serious and realistic look at it. Google “Mange” and see what that does to an animal. That is cruel.

    My suggestion is that you Google your local trapping organization and ask if you can attend one of their meetings and find out what the truth is about trapping. I doubt you will do that so here is something you can do from the privacy of your own home and keep it anonymous… Google “trapping BMP’s”. BMP stands for Best Management Practices. It is an international push by real life scientists and trappers to put in place responsible harvest measures.

    Another resource that you can look at is a video of some real live animals caught in traps that was put together by the NTA (National Trapping Association). It is called “Destroying the Myth” It’s on you tube and about 10 minutes long if I remember right.

    I don’t know if you are still reading this but if you are I beg you to find some people who really do trap and talk to them about their experiences. You’ll find that these people have an enormous depth of care and concern for the land, the birds and animals a lot more than you think.

    Keep in touch,


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