Wisconsin Hounders Continue to Throw Their Caution (and Dogs) to the Wolves

On Saturday September 7, 2019 Wolf Patrol monitors continued documenting bear baiting and the running of bear hounds in three known WDNR Wolf Caution Areas in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where wolves have already killed four hunting dogs. The following video reveals continued bear hunting in these areas despite warnings provided by WDNR that federally protected gray wolves are becoming conditioned to killing domestic dogs.

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Each red dot is where wolves have killed a bear hound July 2019-Present day. How many more will die before the USFS and WDNR do anything?

These wolves are responding to the lack of any restrictions on bear baiting and hound hunting in their territory, which has been increasing the number of hound deaths reported so far this year, as hunters continue to place their dogs at risk despite continued depredations. In Wisconsin, hound hunters are compensated up to $2,500.00 for dogs killed by wolves.

Could the compensation be an incentive for careless hound hunters? Or do they simply not care that they are increasing the likelihood of even more depredations? Sacrificing bear hounds to wolves won’t win hound hunters an open season on wolves, more than likely it will help Wolf Patrol get them kicked out of our national forests!

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September 7, 2019 Facebook post with comment advocating illegal killing of Forest County wolves responsible for bear hound deaths.

 

If you’d like to help, please email both US Forest Service and WDNR officials asking that the practices of bear baiting and hound training & hunting be restricted or banned outright in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest!

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

WDNR Secretary Preston Cole

preston.cole@wisconsin.gov

TY & WES BEAR

Ty & Wes Belland who shot at wolves killing their bear hound during Wisconsin’s 2019 summer bear hound training season that ended last week. They were cleared of any charges related to violating the Endangered Species Act and are still running their dogs in the same Wolf Caution Area where their hound was killed.