More on Wolf Killer and ID Forest Service Employee Josh Bransford: Another Modern Monster

Reblog from multiple sources:

 

 

Wolf Torture and Execution Continues in the Northern Rockies

by James William Gibson – March 28, 2012

 

 

Montana Anti-Trapping Group Gets Death Threat for Releasing Photos
On March 16, a Friday, a US Forest Service employee from Grangeville, Idaho, laid out his wolf traps. The following Monday, using the name “Pinching,” he posted his story and pictures on www.Trapperman.com . “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,” wrote Pinching. The big, black male wolf stood in the trap, some 300-350 yards from the road, wounded—the shots left him surrounded by blood-stained snow. Pinching concluded his first post, “Male that went right at 100 pounds. No rub spots on the hide, and he will make me a good wall hanger.”

(The person in this photograph, Josh Bransford is a federal employee and public servant out of the Red River Ranger District on the Nez Perce National Forest in north-central Idaho. As a taxpayer, you have a right to call the Front Desk and complain about his behavior. Call for his resignation and/or ask that he be suspended without pay for a period of time for his actions 208-842-2245.)

All photographs were taken from Trapperman.com website are being reproduced here under Fair Use“Pinching” with the wolf he trapped that he wrote would make him “a good wall hanger.”
The Trapperman website went wild with comments. “That’s a dandy!! Keep at it,” wrote Watarrat. Otterman asked, “All the gray on that muzzle make a guy wonder how old he is or if it is just part of his black coloring.” Pinching’s picture of the wolf’s paw caught in the trap got special attention. “Is that the MB750 stamped ‘wolf’ on the pan?” asked one man. “Looks to be a perfect pad catch. Congratulations! Pinching confirmed the trap model and commented, “Oh an [sic] by the way, a wolf is a heck of a lot of work to put on a stretcher! Man those things hold on to their hide like no other!”

By late March some 117 Idaho wolves had been killed in traps and snares, and another 251 shot. Montana saw 166 killed, for a total of 534 wolves out of an estimated 1150 in the two states. Although Montana’s season ended in February, Idaho is not quite done. Both states have announced plans for increased hunting in the 2012-2013, and discussions are underway among hunting groups and state officials to allow private donations to establish wolf bounties.

Wolf’s paw in trap.
As recently as the spring of 2011, gray wolves in the Northern Rockies received protection from he Endangered Species Act. But in April, 2011 Congress passed a rider on a federal appropriations bill removing them. Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester, facing a 2012 challenge from Republican Congressman Danny Rehberg, wanted to show Democrats hated wolves just as much as Republicans. Conservation groups filed suit in Montana’s federal district court, claiming the delisting represented an unconstitutional infringement by Congress on the judicial branch while it deliberated an ongoing lawsuit over federal wolf protection.
Losing in district court, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater, WildEarth Guardians, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Cascadia Wildlands appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit. On March 14, the appeals court rejected their arguments, upholding the Congressional wolf delisting as a lawful amendment. This decision might well mark the endpoint for the conservation movement’s decades-long fundamental strategy of litigating in federal courts to promote wolf recovery in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

A hunter and his dead prey.
Thus wolves, demonized by the far-right in the Rockies as disease-ridden monsters and icons of the federal government (see my Summer 2011 Journal story, “Cry Wolf”), now face a brutal campaign to radically reduce their numbers so far that extermination can not be ruled out. Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter declared in a March 25 news conference that his state faced a “disaster emergency” from wolves. “We don’t want them here.”
Skirmishing on the web escalates. Footloose Montana, an anti-trapping group, posted the trapped wolf’s pictures on its website, drawing over a 1,000 comments within days. Word spread. Nabeki, founder of Howling for Justice, opined that “This wolf will be the face of the cruelty and ugliness that is the Idaho hunt…Our forests are hiding acts of unspeakable horrors that are being perpetuated on innocent animals.” Protesters called Idaho and Montana tourist bureaus, demanding the hunts end. By Monday, March 26, Trapperman learned that its photos now circulated offsite. The group’s administrator demanded that Footloose Montana remove the photographs.
Footloose staff and board members also received an anonymous death threat in their email: “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!”
FBI agents and Missoula, Montana police received copies of the threat.
Wolf advocates hope that these pictures will go viral, shaming a nation into facing the torture people inflict on animals and the moral and political failures that promote and legitimize it.
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*** FURTHER ACTION / UPDATE – 03/04/2012 ***
ID Forest Service employee and trapper, Josh Bransford, had nothing better to do than to pose in front of a wolf caught in one of his leghold trap – the wolf had already been shot a couple of times while he was helplessly caught in Bransford’s trap! This brutal and callous behavior, particularly when displayed by an agency employee, whose salary we pay, is unacceptable. For more information, scroll down to read John Adams’ article in the Great Falls Tribune. Thank you for your help! Your friends at Footloose Montana
Please voice your opinion about this tragedy and call or send an e-mail today!
Here is some contact information. Please be respectful:
Nez Perce National Forest: Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell (208) 983-7000 / rbrazell@fs.fed.us
Deputy Forest Supervisor Ralph Rau (208) 983-7017 / rerau@fs.fed.us
Fire Management: Bob Lippincott (208) 983-4066 / blippincott@fs.fed.us
Public Affairs: Laura Smith (208) 983-5143 / lasmith@fs.fed.us
Idaho Fish and Game: Director Virgil Moore: virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov
Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore: (208) 334-3771.
Please sign this petition, which will be sent to:
USDA Office of Ethics Forestry Ethics Branch(Lorraine (Rainee) Luciano, Branch Chief Agency: U.S. Forest Service) and UDSA Forest Service Chief(Tom Tidwell)
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-torture-of-wolves-in-our-forests
Photos of live, trapped wolf prompt threats to Missoula-based group
A photo downloaded from an online trapping forum shows an Idaho trapper posing in front of a wolf that was caught in a foot-hold trap and then allegedly shot at by bystanders. Missoula-based anti-trapping group members say they received death threats after posting the photo on their Facebook page. PHOTO COURTESY EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL.
HELENA — A Missoula-based anti-trapping organization said it received a threatening email this month after the group posted graphic photos on the Internet of a live Idaho wolf caught in a foot-hold trap.
Anja Heister, executive director of Footloose Montana, on March 22 posted a series of photos gleaned from an online trapping forum called Trapperman.com on her personal and Footloose Montana Facebook sites.
Heister said she opened Footloose Montana’s email inbox on Monday and found what she believed to be a death threat directed at family members of the organization:
“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 message read.
Heister said the email was in response to the group posting photos of a northern Idaho trapper’s March 18 wolf kill, which was detailed on the online trapping forum.
The photos show trapper Josh Bransford, a fire management officer for the Nez Perce National Forest, kneeling and smiling for the camera as a wolf he caught in a foot-hold trap stands behind him in a ring of blood-soaked snow. Another photo shows a close-up of the wolf’s paw caught in the trap. A third photo shows the trapper posing with his catch.
Heister said Footloose Montana, which is actively campaigning to ban trapping in Montana, has received plenty of hostile emails and phone calls since 2007 but never anything that rose to this level.
“It has a cumulative effect on your psyche,” Heister said. “I’m not easily scared, but when I read this I got really concerned.”
Heister said she reported the threatening email to local and federal law enforcement officials. Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welch confirmed the department received the report of the malicious email and that it was assigned to an investigator, but he declined to comment further.
In an online blog on Earth Island Journal’s website, writer James William Gibson recounted what Bransford — who goes by the handle “Pinching” — wrote about the photos. Bransford’s post has since been removed.
“I got a call on Sunday morning from a FS (Forest Service) cop that I know. You got one up here,” the post said, and then continued, “there was a crowd forming. Several guys had stopped and taken a shot at him already,” the post read, according to Gibson.
According to Bransford the wolf was a 100-pound male with “no rub spots” making an “good wall hanger.”
Bransford did not return calls or emails seeking comment Thursday.
As of late Thursday the photos posted on Footloose Montana’s Facebook page had received nearly 900 comments. Online commenters on both the Earth Island Journal and the Footloose Montana Facebook page expressed outrage over the photos. Many viewers were angry Bransford posed for a portrait with the wounded wolf before killing it.
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.

 

Editor: Here’s what my former professor had to say about this (and Linkhart’s ridiculous comment above):
Marc Bekoff is a former professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and fellow of the Animal Behavior Society who has studied the social behavior of wolves and coyotes, among other animals.
“That wolf was suffering immeasurably. Not only physically by having his foot locked in a trap, but also being shot at,” said Bekoff, the author of several books on animal psychology and emotion. “This was not hunting. This was having an animal having its foot smashed in trap and then shooting at it with bullets. This wolf was tortured.”
Linkhart said if the wolf was shot at, that isn’t the trapper’s fault.
“Somebody else came up there and shot that animal first. That is illegal. What the trapper has done here is not,” Linkhart said. “The problem was not the trap. It was the illegal activity of the hunters who shot at that wolf.”
Reach Tribune Capital Bureau Chief John S. Adams at 442-9493, or jadams@greatfallstribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @TribLowdown.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20120330/NEWS01/203300316/Photos-live-trapped-wolf-prompt-threats-Missoula-based-grou

Editor: I have spoken with Bransford’s USFS Supervisor Ralph Rau.  The concern I expressed has not to do with the legality of trapping the animal but with Bransford’s failure to adhere to ethical trapping practices when he arrived at the trap site.  These call for the immediate and “humane” dispatch of the trapped animal.  I fail to see how posing for a photo opportunity complies with these guidelines.  I’d like Linkhart to explain how it does?  Further, contrary to what Linkhart says, hunters pose with their kills post-mortem.  Why couldn’t bransford have made the least attempt to minimize the massive suffering of this animal?  It is on these grounds that I am requesting that he lose his hunting and trapping privileges and also be subject to prosecution for cruelty to animals.  If you share my views, please contact those people listed above and express your concerns about the actions of a federal employee and how he is treating animals.

 

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235 Responses to More on Wolf Killer and ID Forest Service Employee Josh Bransford: Another Modern Monster

  1. Jan says:

    Fucking coward. A “real man.” People like you make me embarrassed to be human. Why not try mounting a beautiful framed photo? Or…wouldn’t that be the “big man” thing to do? You should be ashamed of yourself, pig.

  2. Gwendolyn says:

    You could have been a hero…..instead you choose to be a piece of shit!! I really can’t wait for karma to catch up with you!!

  3. Penny Sutton says:

    Being a spiritual person, I have to say that any human being that takes joy in the killing, pain and suffering of an animal is nothing but a Sociopath. This, and I will not refer to him as a human being, because a human being would have a conscience, and a sense of propriety when it comes to the human rights of animals, would never take pleasure in in this sort of depravity.

    Having said this, I feel that this person not only deserves to be fired, but also should face jail time with some of the hardest thugs in the world.

    I hope justice will prevail, and this low life will face the consequences of his actions.

  4. Adam says:

    I may not support that he let the animal suffer but you know what I’m glad he killed the wolf you people wanna call him a coward and all well you know what all you are cowards and disgraces don’t any of you k ow that the wolfs are killing more and more animals that are so young that it could possibly kill off the species all of you can go screw your selfs for ever calling some one who wants to save another species from dying off yes he was a disgrace for just letting the animal being tortured but you know what I support he killed the wolf because he’s trying to save other animals who could support a family with food

  5. Daniel says:

    Its animal abuse and someday he will get attacked and blame the wolves, this individual has no respect for nature, why wolf hunting anyway, is it legal? People need to stop killing life around them, and to take a picture while the wolf is suffering in the back is heartless and just show the kind of person this guy is! Coward!

  6. Daniel says:

    Murderface is a little thug we don’t care about what you say, you are probably high anyway and don’t understand that it’s cruelty dumbass little faggot thug, go back to school we can’t read what you are writing uneducated SOB

  7. Cheryl Thomas says:

    This SOB deserves to die in exactly the same manner as this wolf. This is a sick person who gets his entertainment this way. And this is a FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE???!!! This is one seriously twisted individual and he should be locked in a cage. AND LEGHOLD TRAPS NEED TO BE BANNED!!!

  8. Kitten says:

    Sick bastard he should be trapped and tortured just as the wolf was

  9. Dianne Sigouin says:

    you are such an asshole. I would like to take shots at you and put you in a trap! no mercy for you dumbass!

  10. Annette says:

    “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 a load of bollocks. The trap wasn’t across the foot pad for starters and even if it were bones would be crushed. Not only is Linkhart a cruel sob, he’s stupid as well.

  11. Carolyn says:

    There is s special place in hell for all those involved

  12. Greg says:

    To the man that said wolves are killing young animals and taking food of people. Have you never heard of a groceries store. I haven’t seen or heard of any wolves going of to market before. Think about this for a moment, numbers are low, but sharks kill people, lets kill them all, though not really possible to do overnight. We shall kill them all, I hope you enjoy seafood or any product from the ocean as it will only be a mere memory to us ALL. I live in Australia we don’t have Wolves nor have we ever. We do however have more animals here that can and will take the life of a human if we are stupid enough to allow ourselves to be in that position.

    Here’s the thing, ALL OF OUR NATIVE ANIMALS ARE PROTECTED BY LAW..!!

    We as residents of this country are glad that this is the case. We don’t have a problem with this in anyway whatsoever…. We also have something else, it’s called GUN Control.
    I suggest that if residents of your country want to go hunting and killing your Native Animals take a knife and a Spear and do your hunting in that manner, maybe that way it may give a reason to feel tough and worthy of the kill.

    My point about killing sharks is to Ecology- Food chains. Wolves are a large part of the food chain, maybe you should look it up.

  13. Carolyn Stanley says:

    All animal have a place a a purpose in this world and to hunt a kill them fir sport is just pathetic.
    Leave these helpless animals alone.
    This man should be charged with animal abuse .
    At the least…

  14. Carolyn Stanley says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself
    Every animal has a place in this world.
    They are God’s creatures,
    They don’t deserve to be hunted and killed for sport
    Just pathetic.

  15. Roxanne says:

    This guy took joy in posing with this live wolf. He should have killed it and put it out of its suffering. He is sick. I’d love to see him pose with a still live Grizzly ! Or better yet a live Moose with a nice big rack, with one shake his head could knock that hunter’s head right off. As Dave Linkhart said “There is nothing wrong with a trapper posing with his catch before killing the animal” what are people thinking when they make a statement like that. I’d like to see him take a trapped wolverine that has been shot at wounded then straddled, grab it by the jaws, to have his photo taken. Good luck you stupid people. Kill it then a photo if you must, this wolf was almost dead, end it’s torment.

  16. Ingrid Stiehler says:

    I’m really shocked and very sad!!! Is it possible to be such a chracterless bad man – what a stupid ill shit is in his head, instead of a sympathetic healthy brain?! I hope he will never be contacted by his friends and family again, after they had seen this distressing and sadly video – I wish him a solitary life, so that he will have enough time, to think about his bad character :-(…

  17. Elizabeth Herbst says:

    I hope you die a miserable cruel death you rotten excuse for a human!

  18. GPC says:

    This news is not new but the people have not forgotten coward Bransford or idiot Linkhart. Shallow people who post and complain about “wolves eating animals” arent very bright either – just lazy fat asses who dont want competition when hunting THEIR animals. Trapping needs to be banned everywhere. Thankfully, opposition is growing by leaps and bounds.

  19. john says:

    Lock him up!!!

  20. mark baker says:

    what is lacking in your life that you feel the need to do this??? probably a pair of balls to start..you vile sick jerk…you shame real men by these actions…you”ll get yours…karmas a bitch bro..

  21. Debbie says:

    No words, speechless, all I know is, knowing what this person has done and was so proud of, broke my heart. How could anyone be so cruel, I do not understand that type of person, I really don’t. There must be something very wrong with them.

  22. Moreofamanthanthatman says:

    Adam, you’re just as pathetic as he is. There’s a humane way of dealing with animals. This was sick torture. Both you and him will have your day and I, along with the rest of the world who has actual humanity left will LAUGH at you. We don’t have humanity for pathetic people who torture animals.

  23. Michael Bamford says:

    What a miserable scene. Sub-human behaviour and cruelty. I trust he has a warm feeling in his pants.
    Kill the wolves and keep a Pit bull in the back yard!

  24. Michiko Sunada says:

    It’s horrifying that so many individuals gather on this site and support threatening this man and his family. I don’t agree with trapping but since I live on a busy street in Northern Japan, I don’t think it’s fair to regulate the way people in the backwoods of Idaho should live. Have you googled Elk City? I did, you might be surprised. Those people have to live with these introduced, un-indigenous wolf packs, you and I don’t. I don’t understand how its harmonious for these non-native animals to kill deer, elk, sheep, etc, and their young, mind you in a very slow and gruesome manner, yet you think humans should not be able to manage the number of wolves which have greatly reduced and in some places eliminated indigenous animals. Wolves kill in a very slow, gruesome, manner..It’s very hard for me, as a Japanese woman who is a biologist working for the government, to understand anyone that would cheer and support that, threaten the wife and child of a man who lives in a place surrounded by these creatures, and totally object to any kind of management of these introduced wolves which obviously number too high. It seems to me from reading the comments on this site, whose who support wolves are totally rude and conceited.

    Japan has a problem with not enough hunters. The number of deer is quite high and there seems to be a problem controlling it some years. Depredation is a major problem. Introducing wolves is being discussed, but it seems it creates many problems. For my research I have saved some of the comments here and will present them when the next committee meeting is held. The mindset you have is incredibly frightening and it must be shown as to the kind of people who support wolf introduction.

  25. Liesa Leddick says:

    Sociopath. Psychopath. Fuckwit. All the same. Anyone who had zero compassion and takes pleasure in torturing and/or perpetuating the suffering of another living creature (and proud of it! What the?) is literally sick in the head and should have the same done to them in return to see how it feels. If I saw him in the stree, is run him over. And then reverse. And go forward again….

  26. Where was the pack of wolfs when this piece of shit killed this beautiful fur baby

  27. christine mason says:

    Did not realise that Americans were so barbaric towards wildlife, nor that the US government would allow such atrocities. Not an overpopulation of wolves, more an overpopulation of homo sapiens. This has gone viral and will bring shame on the US wildlife agencies, and especially those US dumb citizens who engage in such practice.

  28. Denyse denny says:

    This is so wrong…I know karma will get him for sure .
    Poor wolves ….they have a right to live.

  29. Tabatha says:

    Such a beautiful majestic animal. He has no right. Someone should trap his foot and watch him bleed out

  30. Jo Marshall says:

    This was cruelty to an animal and should be prosecuted as such. I disagree with hunting the wolves, but if you’re going to hunt them, do so don’t let them suffer like this wolf did.

  31. Viv says:

    Just saddened that humans can gain pleasure from torturing a beautiful animal who was created by God the same as he is. For any human being to gain pleasure from inflicting pain and torturing this animal is just depraved. We as a species have a lot to learn from the ‘animal kingdom’. Surely be to God in the 21 st century there are better ways to manage our environment for all. Blood sports are barbaric and medieval and should be made illegal any decent society would agree.

  32. John Doe says:

    Not sure if the bulk of the replies are PETA members, anti-hunting/anti-killing tree huggers. I was curious to ask if this was a native indian that trapped the creature if this would get the same outcry. The fact is trapping is an effective way of capturing a certain species, albeit an ugly way to die but nonetheless something that is required to maintain certain animals to keep the ecosystem in check. Wolves/coyotes are very effective killing machines and if not controlled by cull methods can wipe out deer/elk/moose herds in no time. Ask anyone who lives in Alaska, Northwest Terrorities about trapping and most likely you get a response you won’t like cause its a way of life for them. IS trapping cruel? yes, is it necessary to today…depends on who you ask I guess

  33. Donna says:

    This hunting of wolfs and wild life needs to stop u mountain men need a real job and to kill for the sport disguisting maybe someone schould hunt u for a sport

  34. Bruce says:

    There is a special place they call it hell Hopefully he will end up there or better yet . Trapped in his car while it’s on fire and people standby and watch him burn

  35. RoseMary says:

    He better watch his back! He’s a worthless excuse of a human being!
    And everyone knows what he look like, so he’s a target!
    heartless and pathetic!

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