Outrage Over Wolf Torture Image

March incident sparks call for investigation

Gray wolf

Gray wolf     Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region/Flickr

Wildlife advocates who are demanding the dismissal of a Forest Service employee who posted photographs of a bleeding, trapped wolf. Josh Bransford uploaded the photos, which have since been removed, to a trapping website on March 19. The Center for Biological Diversity on Tuesday sent letters to both the Forest Service and the Idaho Attorney General requesting an investigation into Bransford's actions. Witnesses say the wolf was shot by passersby while trapped and claim Bransford allowed it to suffer before killing it. Causing an animal to suffer is illegal under Idaho law. An official from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has said there is no indication of any violations, and the Forest Service does not plan to take further action.

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