- Footage has emerged showing a hunter holding up a dying wolf by the ears
- The hunter wrestles with the animal as it tries to fight back and bite him
- But once he takes a picture he appears to strangle the animal to death
This is the shocking moment a grinning hunter lifted up a dying wolf by its ears and forced it to pose for a photograph.
In footage, which has emerged from eastern Kazakhstan, the hunter can be seen grabbing the stricken animal who has collapsed to the floor.
Blood from the bullet that struck the wolf can also be seen staining the fur on its hind legs.
A hunter has been caught on camera lifting up a dying wolf by the ears and forcing it to pose for the camera
The wild animal then tries to fight back as it writhes around in the hunter's hand and even attempts to bite him.
But despite its best efforts, the hunter persists in pulling the wolf by the ears in order to get the trophy shot.
The man is dressed in traditional Kazakh hunting dress and smiles proudly while holding up his kill.
After holding up the animal, it begins to fight back and even tries to bite the hunter but he manages to subdue it
He then forces the wolf down to the ground and appears to strangle it to death before leaving it to die
Eventually he forces the animal to the ground and then appears to strangle it with its bare hands to make sure it is dead.
The hunter has been identified as Erzhan Aga, who is well known in the local area as a specialist for tracking down and killing wolves under licence from the local authorities.
There are estimated to be around 30,000 wild wolves living in Kazakhstan, and even though the population is not protected, hunters need to be licenced to shoot them.
Their population is said to be increasing and around 2,000 are slain yearly for a £27 bounty.