Bear Baiting & Hound Training Continues in Wisconsin Wolf Caution Areas

On July 27, 2019 Wolf Patrol monitors continued to witness and document bear baiting and hound training activities continuing in Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) designated Wolf Caution Areas (WCA), despite wolves having killed two bear hounds in the region since mid-July.

Over the weekend, multiple bear hunting parties were seen dropping and picking up dogs off of Windsor Dam & Fishel Roads in northern Forest County portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. In addition, multiple bear baits within the WCA’s that were not being used during the week, were once again loaded with bait so dogs could be run off of the baits during the weekend.

Wolf Patrol believes Wisconsin’s allowance of unregistered and unlimited numbers of bear baits in wolf territory is the cause of the deadly conflict between wolves and bear hounds that occurs every summer during that state bear hound training season.

If you agree that U.S. Forest Service and WDNR officials need to begin to register and limit bear baits in our national forest, please email:

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest: cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

WDNR Secretary: preston.cole@wisconsin.gov

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