The Lesson From Cecil’s Killing: Let’s Not Forget What Happens in Our Own Backyard


On the request of various wildlife advocacy groups I have “cleaned up” my original post and removed some “blue” language and descriptions of the folks involved in the death of Cecil and the wildlife below.

As outrage continues to mount against the Minnesota dentist and the killing groups that enabled him to bait and kill Cecil the Lion we must not forget what is happening in our own backyards each and every day.

From last year’s wolf slaughter season in Wisconsin:


How about this “conservationist” posing with a puppy that she arrowed:

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Photo used via “Fair Use.”

Who can forget US Forest Service Employee Josh Bransford and him striking a pose in front of a severely injured wolf that had been shot while languishing in Bransford’s trap in Idaho during their 2012 wolf slaughter?

Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.
Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.

How about the face and voice of the NRA and convicted poacher, Ted Nugent, advocating for the poaching of wolves in Wisconsin and elsewhere:

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How about these hounder killed wolves in Wisconsin and the “conservationists” posing with the dead bodies for a snuff article?


Yet another hounder killed and gut shot wolf. Photo used via
Yet another hounder killed and gut shot wolf. Photos used via “Fair Use.”

These killers are no less shameful than the pearly white toothed Minnesota dentist that murdered Cecil but the outrage seems to be lacking. Let’s change that. It’s time to start shaming each and every sick person that post their boastful snuff pictures for the world to see. This is happening right in our backyard.


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This is “sport” and “heritage” in Wisconsin.

This “conservationist” below let this wolf languish in a trap for over a week in Wisconsin and even though that was illegal, abhorrent, and unethical the Wisconsin DNR gave those involved a “warning” and took no further action.


These are just a few of the examples of what is being done daily to wolves and other predators right in our own backyard. While people are rightfully outraged at the death of Cecil and those that perpetrated it, I also think the same fury should be directed at the types of “conservationists” above that are operating in our own backyards. The acts of these people are no less of a abhorrent than what Walter Palmer and his cohorts did. One of the most common arguments that the trophy hunters use to “justify” their behavior, in addition to the absurd “conservation” angle, is that animals “don’t have feelings” like humans do. While anyone that spends time with animals knows this to be a complete and total line of garbage, I would argue that the animals in the pictures above are the ones void of feelings. I am not talking about the four legged ones.

Let’s hope that the selfish and horrific killing of Cecil starts a movement that allows us to decry and shame ALL of the trophy killing enthusiasts that exploit and torment our wildlife. Whether it is in Africa or in our own backyards this sick and abhorrent behavior needs to be called out for what it is and those partaking in the behavior need to be shunned by all. Let’s make sure that neither Cecil or the victims pictured above died in vain.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. How sad to look at these pictures. The Man is the worst Beast… killing for no reason at all… All animals deserve to live, they feel pain and emotions as we do but a person killing an animal doesn’t show any emotion at all… and personally I consider them lower beings who doesn’t deserve to be among us.

  2. Kathleen Schormann says:

    Don’t kid yourself, we’re VERY aware of the killing that goes on in our backyards – wolves, coyotes, etc etc Just because we’re outraged about Cecil doesn’t mean we’re forgotten the others.

  3. If a hunter is hunting for food to feed his family that is one thing. If they are poaching and trophy hunting their punishment should be wearing a radio collar around their neck for the rest of their life … escaping the consequence of their horrible deed….taking the life of our endangered wildlife….there has to be some shame attached or it will continue and be bragged about..

  4. EmilyS says:

    trapping IS trophy hunting… the animals are sold for profit or mounted for display. The outrage about the killing of Cecil (and all the others) should certainly transfer to our own wildlife

  5. concerned says:

    Killing is NOT A SPORT in anyway shape or form! Killing is killing, there is no way to fancy it up!!!

  6. This just goes to show that there are many weak brained mean bullies around. Ten or more wrongs NEVER made a right. TOTALLY SICK !!

  7. Janice Carlson-McLeod says:

    It is so sad to see pictures like this! At 60 years old I have never been able to understand a human beings desire to kill any living creature. 😢

  8. JoAnn Gerfen says:

    I just can’t help myself! I hate killing any animal-anywhere! Wild or domestic–Factory farmed or someone’s pet—Life without animals is unimaginable!

  9. Beverley-ann Laurie says:


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