Today, Wolf Patrol monitors are preparing for a swarm of hound hunters entering the woods tomorrow, on the first Saturday of the hound hunt for bear. This first week of bear hunting is traditionally also the time when many bear hounds trespass into wolf rendezvous areas where they are sometimes killed by wolves protecting their young.
Yesterday’s interaction with a non-resident bear hunter who challenged Wolf Patrol founder, Rod Coronado to a fight to the death, however benign it might seem, reminded us of the lengths some bear hunters are willing to go to keep their bloodsport a secret. The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association has spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to stop Wolf Patrol from sharing the atrocities committed against Wisconsin wildlife, but Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) wardens, the Bayfield County Sheriff, and the US Forest Service have all assured us of our legal right to continue monitoring bear hunting activities on our national forest lands.
Last night, our patrol vehicle broke down at a bear baiting site, and we are currently working with a local supporter from the Red Cliff Nation to get it back on the road by the morning. Thank you to everyone who responded to our pleas for assistance!
Don’t forget! The best way to show your support for our efforts to reign in reckless hunting practices that harm federally protected wolves and other wildlife in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is to send an email to forest officials asking them to end bear hounding & baiting in our national forests!
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