Scott MacButch

Scott MacButch

These images are primarily taken in the Northern Rockies, Desert Southwest, Western Canada and Alaska.

The images you see here are as accurate as I remember them. I shoot only raw digital images, which do require some adjustments for contrast, color balance and tone, due to the conversion process.

Like many good nature photographers, what I strive to do is replicate the image that I saw through my view finder at the moment that I pressed the shutter button. Some images may have been cropped, slight adjustments made to color, saturation and contrast but other than removing dust spots on the digital sensor that is about it. I don't normally clone out any pixels & in the very rare case I due, I will state just what was removed and why.

I don't believe in baiting animals, and you will never see any images of captive animals here - the fire still burns fiercely in their eyes.

I feel honored to share this blue planet with them.

In this day and age trapping, and the related pain and suffering it causes is inhumane. For instance, in Montana trappers are not required to check their traps within any specific period of time, nor do they need to put up signs to warn the public. It is well documented, that many animals caught in snare traps, suffer for hours and even chew off their own leg to get free. Dogs, endangered species and other non-target animals are injured or killed in traps every year.

In January, 2014 in the Upper Snake Region here in Idaho, a very rare adult male wolverine (there is no trapping season for wolverine in Idaho) was captured in a legally set bobcat trap on public land in Unit 50, ten miles west of Arco, Idaho. Because the trap used was a Conibear, a body-gripping trap designed to immediately kill, the wolverine was dead when checked by the trapper. The trapper contacted Idaho Fish & Game to report the non-target species. No further action was taken against the trapper, as he broke no laws, it is deemed an incidental take.

Trapping is a heinous hobby and it is time to end it.

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