Wolves remain in the crosshairs and the teeth of leghold traps in the Northern Rockies (see and). Let me say upfront that I apologize for posting this brief alert, but it's essential that people who don't know about what's happening learn about the barbaric treatment of wolves, and also for the skeptics to see it up close and personal if they can stand it.
You can read about the story of a trapped and tortured wolf in a short essay in Earth Island Journal. It contains graphic language and pictures. A man who calls himself Pinching, who did the dirty deed, claimed the wolf will "make me a good wall hanger." Another person commented, "That's a dandy! Keep at it." This story and the posted comments say a lot about the enormous variation in human attitudes toward other animals and remains a topic of interest to those who study this aspect of human behavior.