Idahoans To Decide on Constitutional Right to Trap

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Nez Perce National Forest employee Josh Bransford poses with a wolf trapped in north Idaho.
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  • Nez Perce National Forest employee Josh Bransford poses with a wolf trapped in north Idaho.


Opponents point to last spring's incident and photos that went viral, showing an employee of the Nez Perce National Forest grinning while a trapped wolf bleeds to death nearby, as reason enough to ban trapping.

But this morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that this November's balllot will include a right-to-hunt amendment to the Idaho Constitution that specifically includes trapping as a "preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife."

The amendment's architect, Twin Falls Republican Sen. Lee Heider, told the Time-News that trapping is as much a part of Idaho's tradition as hunting and fishing.

“I don’t think anybody delights in being cruel," Heider told the Times-News. “To make an animal suffer, that’s just not something we do.”

When Citydesk first posted the photos in April of the badly injured wolf with Josh Bransford posing alongside, the story was met by a barage of criticism from readers:

"There is no logical reason to think that humans are any more or less important than any other living thing."
"It shows disrespect for life. THIS MAN IS A MONSTER."
"It's disgusting to think my tax dollars pay this guy's salary. JUST KILL IT ALREADY."
"Traps are always cruel and inhumane!!! All traps should be outlawed!!!"

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