Scott MacButch

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

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 believe in baiting animals, and you will never see any images of captive animals here - the fire still burns fiercely in their eyes.

People need to be reminded, and not so arrogant in their thinking, when they feel our species is separate from other animals. Remember, we share 98.6 percent of DNA with Chimps! As Jane Goodall said, "We're not, after all, separate from the animal kingdom - We're part of it"

I feel honored to share this blue planet with the dudes.

My short take on trapping: 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 (Idaho doesn't require any signs either). 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.

On the Idaho Fish & Game web site it mentions that trapping is part of our heritage. My answer is that enslaving fellow human beings was once part of our heritage and culture. That dosen't make it right and we need to stop this cruel an inhumane hobby.

There was some great news out of California (autumn 2019) where Governor Newsom just signed into law a bill making California the first state in the nation to ban commercial and recreational fur trapping!

This follows on the heels of Arizona, where the AZ Game & Fish Commission outlawed wildlife killing contests for bobcats, foxes, coyotes etc.
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