Everyday since Wisconsin’s unregulated bear hound training season began on July 1, 2019, Wolf Patrol’s citizen monitors have uncovered bear baits used by hound hunters that are out-of-compliance with the minimal regulations required by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).
Wolf Patrol is calling on WDNR and the U.S. Forest Service to either require registration and a limit to the number of bear baits a hunter uses, or outright ban the practice on our national forest lands.
Wisconsin’s bear hunters are responding by spreading false information, telling hound hunters in the field that Wolf Patrol’s actions are criminal and going as far as publicizing the base camp of our citizen monitors in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Now tensions are rising in the northwoods as angry bear hunters encounter Wolf Patrol exercising our constitutional rights to monitor controversial hunting practices like bear baiting and hound training on our national forest lands.
On the evening of July 4th, bear hunters whose out-of-compliance baits had been reported to WDNR drove past Wolf Patrol’s base camp and threw a beer can at two members standing by the road. When we approached the hound hunters to ask that they stop drinking and driving, littering and trying to intimidate us, they threatened to physically beat us.
Wisconsin’s bear hunters have grown frustrated with Wolf Patrol’s exposure of their unethical and illegal hunting practices, and they are now willing to escalate to violence as a means to stop the only organization reporting Wisconsin bear hunting violations on national forest lands to state and federal authorities.