Bear Baiting on National Forest Lands Contributing to Latest Hound Deaths

On July 21, 2019 two more bear hounds were killed in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest during Wisconsin’s bear hound training season. This makes three bear hounds that have been killed by federally protected gray wolves in Forest County alone, since the training season began on July 1st.


An exposed bear bait July 22, 2019 less than a mile from where a bear hound was killed the day before.

Wolf Patrol visited the site of one depredation off of Thrasher Road in northern Forest County and discovered this active bear bait less than a mile away. Its baits like these that not only attract black bears, but deer and in turn, wolves. When bear hunters release their hounds to trail bears from these baits, they are killed by wolves defending the area as a feeding site.


Waffle cone bait to attract bears…and deer…and wolves.

Its time for Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest & Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials to do something to prevent more hound deaths and wolf fights on our national forest lands. Addressing the 4 million gallons of bear bait being dumped annually to attract bears by hunters would be a good place to start.


Save the Woofs!

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest:

WDNR Secretary Preston Cole: