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The Trap

Steady drifting snow froze his fur,
Eyes clinched against the arctic wind,
Heart and soul race ever ahead,
to mate and pups and pack, to den.

A violent jerk threw him down,
Leg twisted awkwardly behind
Clenching his teeth, he tried to rise,
but pain and pressure cloud his mind.

Turning he saw rivulets of blood
Leaking steadily from his thigh,
A wire loop cut through his flesh,
cruelly chaining him where he lie.

Panic soon reared its fiery head,
Driving him wildly insane
He strikes out blindly at the air,
Writhing in overwhelming pain.

Escape, his one rational thought,
He gripped his leg between his jaws,
Fighting down raw pain he began
Grinding and tearing through his paw.

He drifted in and out of shock,
Wincing as each step shook his bones,
He limped across the snowy hills,
Wanting only to reach his home.

Soon his legs would no longer stand,
He fell limp to the frozen ground,
In the distance he dreams he hears,
A slow, steady, beautiful sound.

He feels a muzzle press to his side,
Tender licks on his leg and face,
And as he drifts off forever,
His mate's body shaking with grief.

By WolfFang

 

  Number of target
animals in 40" coat
  Number of 'Trash'
animals per coat
  Total hours
spent in a trap
Coyote
Lynx
Mink
Opossum
Otter
Red Fox
Raccoon
Sable
Seal
Muskrat
Beaver
16
18
60
45
20
42
40
50
8
50
15
  48
54
180
135
60
126
120
150
-
150
45
  960
1080
3600
2700
1200
2520
2400
3000
32
1500
225
(Statistics from Skin Trade Primer by Susan Russell, published by Friends of Animals)