About the Cover

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 U.S. government-backed trap testing program that is coming under increasing national and international debate. To read more on trapping, see page 16.

Photo by Michael Durham/ Minden Pictures