The Killing Fields

Driven by ego and greed, poachers are slaughtering rare and majestic species in the national parks

Investigator Terry Grosz is screening a snuff film. The quality is poor, but the action is gruesomely clear: a group of hunters, accompanied by Doberman pinschers, is stalking a bear and her cub in the New Hampshire woods. The mother dies relatively quickly from her wounds; her cub is less lucky. "Get her with this!" shouts a man, and pulls out a crossbow. Suddenly the cub squeals; imbedded in its skull, as if in some ghastly Saturday-morning cartoon, is an arrow. The hunter takes his time reloading. Finally, with his second shot, the bear falls to the ground, where the dogs...

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