In this episode of Reveal, we take a look at two cats whose fates diverged – one, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped.
In many states in the U.S., it’s legal to trap and kill bobcats. But the tools that are used – steel-jaw traps and choke poles – led us to examine what’s really at stake: how we define cruelty.
The resurgence of a frontier tradition – commercial fur trapping – is taking a toll on wildlife. The activity is legal, but it’s carried out in ways that often inflict prolonged suffering and capture many species by mistake.