On July 18, 2017 bear hunters were training their dogs southwest of Mellen, Wisconsin in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, when a hound was killed as it trespassed through a wolf rendezvous area.
Last year, gray wolves killed 41 bear hounds in similar conflicts, though this is only the second reported this year. Bear hunting practices such as baiting and training dogs are the cause for the deaths. Despite the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ designation of hound depredation sites as “Wolf Caution Areas,” Wolf Patrol has documented that bear hunters ignore the warnings and continue to bait, train and hunt in areas where their dogs have been killed.
Last year bear hunters in Wisconsin were paid $92,000.00 in compensation for their irresponsible use of hunting dogs in wolf territory, and that money comes from Wisconsin’s Endangered Species Fund, which derives its funds through the sale of endangered species license plates.
If you agree that bear hunters shouldn’t be rewarded up to $2,500.00 per dog they loose in wolf territory, and that bear baiting and hound training should end in our national forests, please send an email to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials at:
For More Information on Wolf Patrol’s efforts, please visit:
wolfpatrol.org or on Facebook: Wolf Patrol