This nine-week-old North American coyote pup faces an uncertain future in a hostile environment where traps and snares frequently maim, kill or orphan wildlife. Each year in the United States, millions of wild animals—including coyote, wolf, bobcat, badger, raccoon, marten and fisher—fall victim to steel-jaw leghold traps and neck snares used by fur trappers, livestock ranchers, and predator control agents. Thousands of wild animals are being trapped as part of a US government-backed trap testing program that is coming under increasing national and international debate. To read more on trapping, see page 16.
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