Wildlife Official Shocks Board With Trapped Bobcat Video

A member of a wildlife advisory board in Clark County, Nevada is in the hot seat after a video he posted on an animal trapping website made its way to You Tube. The board member says the video which shows his dog barking and lunging at a bobcat caught in a trap, was filmed for educational purposes.

Tracy Truman, a lawyer and vice president of the Nevada Trappers Association, was appointed by county commissioners to be part of the Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife. The group is composed of sportsmen, farmers and ranchers who advise the Nevada Wildlife Commission on policies and regulations.

Truman, who has been trapping animals for the past 40 years, said he posted the video in December in an “online trapping forum as an educational tool to show other trappers that a dog doesn’t have to make contact with a trapped animal.”

The video was later reposted on You Tube without Truman’s authorization.

“This particular video was completely taken out of context,” said Truman. “This was something I had taken to show other people that you didn’t have to have an animal that would do damage to a trapped animal, and now, I’m sort of being painted as the cruel and inhumane one because I took the video to show something exactly the opposite.”

The minute long film shows Truman’s dog barking and lunging at a bobcat whose front paw is caught in a toothless trap. Truman’s hand is seen holding the chain to the trap and dragging the cat closer to the dog.

Fellow commissioner Tom Collins agrees that the video shows a model of “restrained behavior for a trapping dog.”

Animal activists, on the other hand are calling for Truman to be removed from the prestigious wildlife advisory board.

Gina Greisen, president of Nevada Voters for Animals, called the video “cruel and barbaric.”

County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said, “It’s extremely troubling to see an animal in that type of distress.” He called the video “mean” and “disturbing.”

Trapping is legal in Nevada and bobcat fur is in demand. Last year an annual fur sale in the small town of Fallon had 200 “fur harvesters” attend from 12 states. More than 2,000 bobcat pelts sold from $443 to $1,111. The fur sale also handled 1,500 coyote, gray fox and muskrat furs.

Below is Mr. Truman’s educational video for trappers and their dogs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igCoa4AaTks

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311 comments

Nicolai L.
Nicolai L.3 months ago

Thanks for sharing this gruel Guy

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl3 months ago

Terry V: Well said, and the only good hunter is a dead hunter anyway, the same for trappers!!!

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl3 months ago

GRRRRRRRR what a bastard, seems like Truman removed the video in the meantime, he´ll know why, I hope Karma´ll get him!!!

Lolli M.
Lolli M.3 months ago

the "educational" video (made by someone who lacks the basic education even of how to be is ironic) is it the same they use of how to successfully torture someone?

Lolli M.
Lolli M.3 months ago

The only ones that should be trapped are the TRAPPERS. To have them trapped in their own traps would be a good start make the world a little better place.

Marija Mohoric
Marija Mohoric3 months ago

no video...

John S.
John S.about a year ago

Trappers are some of the lowest scum on the planet.

Colin Wright
Past Member 3 years ago

Hey Truman, you scumbag. How about an educational video that shows people that trapping is horrific and immoral? That would be a real education.

CHRISTINANICKI G.
.3 years ago

no video(would have liked to have seen it,thank you

Gene Sengstake
Gene Sengstake3 years ago

Just came across this article - guess I'm a little late - but will still make a comment. There are a lot of sick people in this world whose inhumane actions (trapping) are a disgrace to the human race - yet they are supported by an equally sick legal/justice system that lets them operate with impunity. There are no legal ways to get rid of them - but I'd like to look each one of them in the face and tell them exactly what I think of them and their profession/business - whatever they choose to call their legalized operation of slaughter/murder - which is what I call it. They will not pursue their trade on my land because I will stop them one way or the other. If all people would operate as activists when encountering this type of (I hate to call them) human beings - perhaps we could at least upset their activities. Until people and the legal system give animals the rights they deserve - animals will always come out on the short end of the stick. What it comes down to is that a massive uncaring human population simply doesn't care that much about what happens to animals in general. So we each have to operate out of our own concerns - and be willing to accept whatever consequences may befall us - if we so choose to do the right thing - - -