What’s Wrong with Idaho

Update, Tuesday, August 27, 2018 here.

Do you think trapping is cruel. I do.

How about snaring (neck snares consist of a light wire cable looped through a locking device and are designed to tighten as an animal struggles). Trappers claim that these devices (if used as advised) are humane, as they are designed to compress the carotid arteries, thereby reducing blood flow to the brain which, ideally, would quickly lead to unconsciousness and then death.

Pretty horrific, and completely legal in many states here in the USA, including in Idaho.

Dr. J. Diaz, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary has researched the time it takes for canids to die from strangulation. His conclusion is that: “Death can take hours through an extremely painful and slow process.” Dr Diaz notes that he cannot comprehend the decision of government “to elicit this kind of suffering and pain to a living being.”

In Idaho a trapper is required to check their trapline every 72 hoursthat’s 3 very long days for an animal to suffer in a trap before being “dispatched.” The nice folks over at Idaho Fish and Game have decided that checking snare traps every 3 days just isn’t rightthey have proposed to extend the time period by which any person must visit every snare placed for gray wolves to eight days in portions of GMU 7 and GMU 9 from January 1st through February 15th.

Eight days.

Eight long days.

Snaring is as cruel as it is indiscriminate, and though snares are set with the intention of being quickly lethal to a captured wolf (or whatever other poor critter happened upon a trap), there is absolutely no guarantee of a quick kill. If a wolf is wearing one of those delightful radio collars, then the suffering will be immense.

Photo credit: Momatiuk – Eastcott

Because of the limited amount of winter access in these remote units it is impractical for most trappers to run a trap line in compliance with the 72 hr check requirement.

“Impractical.”

My God, what about the pain and suffering.

Proponents of the rule state that because snares are typically lethal very quickly, the 72hr check frequency is unnecessary.

Horrors.

Please speak out against this nightmare. Please make a quick comment here, and tell Fish and Game that you do not support this proposal. The deadline for your submission is August 20th, 2018. Please take action now. Note: If the website is down, please send an email here: jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Also note that because the website for commenting was down, the comment period has been extended 8 hours to August 21st, and ends at 12:00 noon MT.

Sample email:

Dear Commissioners,

Snaring is as cruel as it is indiscriminate, and though snares are set with the intention of being quickly lethal to a captured wolf (or whatever other poor critter happened upon a trap), there is absolutely no guarantee of a quick kill. If a wolf is wearing one of those delightful radio collars, then the suffering will be immense.

This is a shameful, abhorrent proposal.

Dr. J. Diaz, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary has researched the time it takes for canids to die from strangulation. His conclusion is that: “Death can take hours through an extremely painful and slow process.” Dr Diaz notes that he cannot comprehend the decision of government “to elicit this kind of suffering and pain to a living being.”

Please do not move forward with this rule, show some compassion for the animals that are not quickly killed by this barbaric apparatus.

Sincerely,

Your name

Our apologies for such short notice with this “take action” post.

If you are on Twitter we have a short list of tweets to raise awareness about this atrocity. They can be found here.

Bad enough that the proposal to extend the wolf hunting season clear into June in many areas (when pups are too young to fend for themselves) has gained approval “in response to hunter and trapper requests for more opportunity.” Pure bloodlust.

Again, our apologies for asking for your help at such a late date, and thank you for taking to time to respond to the aforementioned proposed rule.

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12 thoughts on “What’s Wrong with Idaho

  1. I did a public records request and have all the individual wolf mortality reports from roughly Aug 2016 through July of last year. There are several hundred. If they would be of any use to you or any other advocacy organization you know of, I’d be happy to share. They are on a thumb drive, so I’d have to figure that out. The mortality reports don’t give much detail. The killer’s contact info is blacked out. There are fields for gender, age, sex, method of “take,” weight, and in which game mgmt unit the killing took place. Many times the fields are left blank. I questioned one of the IDFG staffers about that, and he said they usually take a tooth and get all the animal’s characteristics once the lab analyzes the tooth.

    So far the only thing I’ve figured out to do with the information is to tweet the few details of each killing on the anniversary of the animal’s death. It’s not much, but it’s a start in terms of raising awareness.

    By the way, I live in Boise and took the wolf trapping class several years ago to see for myself what kind of perverts engage in this stuff. They have volunteers instructing their classes, and in this case it was a volunteer who has a business making and selling snares. According to him, his are superior and result in a swift death, while he claimed that snares sold by others result in — can’t remember his exact words — but it was something like “involve a period of struggle.” Each class member was given a complimentary snare at the end of the class! Doesn’t that make you want to vomit?!

    On Friday, August 17, 2018, intheshadowofthewolf wrote:

    > intheshadowofthewolf posted: “Do you think trapping is cruel. I do. How > about snaring (neck snares consist of a light wire cable looped through a > locking device and they are designed to tighten as an animal struggles). > Trappers claim that these devices (if used as advised) are humane” >

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    1. I would love to see your information, Pamela! Please let me know your twitter handle. I will follow you, please follow back so that I may dm you my email and we can chat further. My handle is @AAllen69.
      Yes, the sick need to kill, lack of compassion, much less empathy does make me want to vomit.

      Thanks so much for getting in touch. ❤

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