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Wildlife Official Shocks Board With Trapped Bobcat Video

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.

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5:03AM PDT on May 29, 2013

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

3:37AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

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

7:20AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

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 - - -

7:19AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

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 - - -

5:05PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Hunting with cameras only.

Earth Cry

9:17AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

The Term "Humane" is a misknownmer

8:59AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."

Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.

Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.

4:17AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Why do american's still buy fur. Where is the demand coming from. And.........what people are your commissioners. Is everbody backward in these states or is it just that the right minded get no say. Come on. What a cruel idiot, just for what ever movie- couldn't be educational- to ceep this animal in needless extra agony. As if he could not have told them something, must be out of reason or are his students so stupid? Disgusting. No more words, just trap the the idiot.

5:13PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

I couldn't view it, and I'm pretty relieved.

6:08PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

If "shocking" is needed to create change, then it must be!

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