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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

I periodically share Rachel Tilseth's teriffic blog, WOLVES OF DOUGLAS COUNTY with all of you as Rachel always illuminates with information about how we human animals are squandering our great and irreplaceable carnivore suite...................Today, Rachel focuses on trapping, the most painful and violent means of killing Wolves, Pumas, Bears, Coyotes, et al.............An important read below and one to act on with your elected Officials

From: Rachel Tilseth <>
Date: January 25, 2015 at 12:12:13 AM EST
Subject: Trapping use of snares blog

The Truth About Trapping: The use of a 

snare trap is the most violent method 

used to kill an animal. By Rachel Tilseth

How to make a snare trap for raccoon and coyotes video here:
Snare traps are designed to catch an animal by the neck
 and strangle them.
From a trapper in Minnesota
Matt Steffen with an example of a snare that similar to the setup
 he will use to try to trap a wolf starting next weekend near Silver Bay.
Photo: Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune CameraStar.
The following photograph shows a timber wolf caught
 in a snare trap.
This next photograph is of the same wolf after the 
trapper knocks
 him on the head with an ax. Then says, “Well he’s 
just about
 expired here. I’ll pick him up on the way back.”
Speak up, call your representatives and let them know
 that violence
 towards a once endangered species is morally and 
The use of a snare trap is the most violent method 
used to kill an 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No doubt snares are a cruel way to go, but if set right, and IF they get an animal around the throat, it at least strangles and dies(usually....) far quicker than if caught in leg-hold jaw traps. If a trapper is horribly slack(as some are--take it from a two-legged wolverine that has raided many a slack-arse trapper's lines and wiped them out! After finding and rescuing animals that had been in traps unattended for DAYS! And finding animals that have starved to death/thirst/died of exposure in poorly tended traplines....)leg-hold traps are FAR worse! Luckily, in my experiences, at least, trapping as a "hobby" has really languished. I do still get into it with people that try to insist such trapping really isn't cruel, and merely "holds" the animal without damage. Of course, if you have any REAL experience with such traps, you know this is bullshit! I get real peeved when people argue that it's not cruel. My questions aren't "is it cruel", but, for each instance, is it NECESSARY? To catch some serious livestock depredators or some such, sometimes it IS the only practical way, but no question it's cruel! I once read about a local court case where animal rights folks(who can be incredibly ignorant, I admit) were trying to get leg-hold traps outlawed. A trapper testified as to how these traps don't cause pain, just hold the animal. To prove his point, he put his finger in a little muskrat-sized trap, which barely pinched him. None of these city folk seemed to think that a rather inappropriate test(and the trappers won that case)--which is equivalent to a big dog getting his nose in a little mousetrap! I say, let him use a SIZE APPROPRIATE trap for such a demonstration--let him stick his foot in a dang BEAR trap, and see if he shrugs that off! Snares, too, may be NECESSARY for some things(they are also used fairly humanely for foot catching animals like bears in field studies), but they are certainly never pleasant for the animal!....L.B.