9 Hound Hunters Arrested, Charged with Conspiracy, Animal Cruelty, Bear Baiting Violations in Florida

In March 2018, Wolf Patrol reported Bo Wood’s to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission after discovering his videos posted on Facebook. Authorities informed us that there was already an ongoing investigation into his and other hound hunting related illegal activity.

On December 19, 2018 Bo Woods and eight others were charged and arrested in Florida on counts of conspiracy to commit racketeering, animal cruelty, illegal baiting and the taking of a black bear.

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Bo Woods in Wisconsin with his local hunting buddies

While most of Bo Wood’s hound hunting activities took place in Florida, some such as that included in the above video, took place in Wisconsin. Wood regularly traveled between Florida and Wisconsin, where he transported hunting dogs to be trained, sometimes illegally.

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Bo Woods planning bobcat hunt in Wisconsin with Darrell Jonet

Wolf Patrol is opposed to hound hunting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest not only because of the cruelty it inflicts on black bears and hunting dogs, but also because of the violent fights that occur when hunting hounds are loosed in wolf territory. In 2018, there were 24 such fights between wolves and hunting dogs in Wisconsin.

Please send an email to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials asking that hound hunting for bears be immediately suspended and a full environmental impact made of its impact on our national forest lands:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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For more information on Bo Wood’s arrest, here’s the FWC news release:

https://myfwc.com/news/all-news/bear-investigation/

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