U.S. Forest Service employee under fire for photographing wounded gray wolf before killing it

A National Forest Service employee, Josh Bransford, is under fire for taking a photograph of himself with a wolf that was caught in a leg trap, according to the Washington Post. The incident occurred during Idaho’s first-ever wolf trapping season. The controversial  trapping photos  have gone viral.

The wolf appears to be a huge animal.

“According to the conservation officers he did nothing illegal, but we would have preferred that he had dispatched it himself before photographing himself with it.”

—Mike Keckler, Idaho Fish and Game

What you think? Was it in bad taste or just how things are, a person caught in the cross-fire of society’s changing attitudes about wolves: once feared, then revered, now reviled by some and worshiped by others?

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