Wisconsin’s Hound Hunters Given Free Reign by DNR to Torture Public Trust Wildlife


Once again, Wolf Patrol would like the public to know why there are so many dog fights with wolves in Wisconsin. Since July 2018, there have been over 20 violent clashes between bear hunting hounds and gray wolves in Wisconsin, most in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The annual fights have become an expected part of bear hunting traditions in Wisconsin, as more and more hound hunters are running their packs of dogs through national forest lands where wolves have recently returned, after having been pushed to the brink of extinction in the last century.


Animal abuser and Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association member, Walker Jones September 2017.


Every hound hunter in Wisconsin uses bear baits to lure bears close enough for their dogs to chase them. And while the baits themselves attract wolves, bears and other wildlife, the very presence of unleashed dogs running through wolf territory is a recipe for disaster. Another contributing element to hunting dog/wolf conflicts in Wisconsin is simply the way hunting hounds are raised and trained to fight the wildlife they are pursuing, despite the practice being illegal. Wisconsin’s hound hunters routinely encourage their hounds to be aggressive.

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In September 2018, Wolf Patrol published the video of a Michigan bear hunter who had two dogs killed by wolves recently. In the video, Paul Robachek’s hounds are verbally encouraged to maul and fight a cornered coyote.

In the above video posted by Wisconsin bear hunter Walker Jones, the hound hunting party laughs and jokes as they illegally dig a live coyote out of its den so they can allow their dogs to kill it. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) continues to turn a blind eye to the animal cruelty common in Wisconsin hound hunting practices, that is why Wisconsin’s hounders are comfortable sharing their cruel videos on Facebook.


Walker Jones 12/16.


In multiple other videos published by Wisconsin bear hunters Andy Dertinger, Ratt Nicks, Travis Britten and Nicholas Valenta, bear hunting dogs can be seen viciously fighting coyotes in the off season. Hound hunters in Wisconsin do not use their dogs for only one species, but often hunt not only bear, but often coyotes, bobcats and raccoons as well.

Bloodlust is encouraged in hunting dogs, and promoted as a marketable value when they are sold to other hound hunters, as has been documented this week on Wisconsin bear hunter’s social media accounts during the closing weeks of this year’s bear season.

Wisconsin’s War on Wildlife Video 003: Coyote Hunting with Hounds from Wolf Patrol on Vimeo.

Its time to get the hounds out of our national forests! If you train your dogs to fight wildlife, they should not be allowed on our public lands. If you agree, please send an email to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials asking that bear baiting, hound training and hunting be ended in Wisconsin’s national forests.






Bear Hunters to Blame for 18 Hound Fights with Wolves Since July 2018

On September 22 & 23, 2018, in two separate bear hunting incidents in northern Wisconsin, wolves fought and killed two hunting dogs in Price and Lincoln Counties. The Lincoln County incident occurred two miles from where another hound was killed on county forest lands ten days before, presumably by the same wolves, attracted to the area by bear baits they are feeding from this Summer in increasing numbers.

These latest bear hunting causalities bring the total number of bear hound/wolf fights in Wisconsin (since bear hound training season began on July 1) to 18, with this year’s hound hunt for bear running until October 9th. The first fight between wolves and bear hounds this year took place during the first week of bear hound training season on July 5, 2018. Since then bear hound/wolf fights have been occurring about once a week, usually on weekends when more bear hunters are afield.


Wisconsin bear hound injured by wolves July, 2018.

Despite hunting bears with hounds only being legal since the 1960’s, Wisconsin’s annual bear hunt is enshrined in tradition as well as being an economic boost to many rural communities. So its not surprising to learn the lengths the state will go to deny that recreational and commercial bear hunters are causing any problems. Instead, this is the time of year when hunting cabins are filled, local newspapers feature pictures of dead bears, and four-wheel drive trucks with hound boxes can be seen and heard on every rural Wisconsin road.

Wisconsin bear hunters enjoy a cozy relationship with the state legislature, which is why state laws have favored hound hunters in recent years. In April 2016, Governor Scott Walker attended the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association’s annual conference to sign into law the Right to Hunt Act, which specifically targeted Wolf Patrol for exposing Wisconsin’s unethical hunting practices. The law prohibits anyone from photographing or videotaping Wisconsin hunters on public lands, but county prosecutors are reluctant to charge Wolf Patrol, because it is blatantly unconstitutional and could lead to costly legal battles, resulting in the law being overturned.

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Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association’s message to members.

Another notable legislative victory for the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, was the 2015 legislative action that removed the “B”  license requirement to bait for bear or run hounds in Wisconsin. Since then, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has been unable to accurately assess how many hound hunters operate in Wisconsin during bear season, (which runs from July through October) or how many bear baits there are on public lands, since there is no requirement to register bear baits and there is no limit on the number a hunter can use.

In the national hound hunting community, everyone knows of the loose bear hunting regulations in Wisconsin, which is why many hound hunters come from Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and other states to run dogs, either to simply train, or during the kill season. Coupled with an increase in the number complaints related to resident bear hunters competing for public land use, Wisconsin’s national forest lands are seeing an increase in unregulated bear baiting and hound hunting in wolf territory by both residents and non-residents alike.


While many hound hunters come from out of state to hunt bear in Wisconsin, resident hunters, including nearby Michigan residents regularly bait for bear and run dogs in northern Wisconsin public lands. Wolf Patrol chose to monitor bear hunting practices in Forest County, Wisconsin during the 2018 training/hunting season because we believed it would be an area where bear hunting hounds and wolves were likely to clash.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest encompasses over 1.5 million acres of forest lands in northern Wisconsin, with the portions that border Michigan boasting healthy wolf populations, having recolonized the region since the wolf’s extirpation from Wisconsin in the mid-20th Century. Wolves were never reintroduced, as was the case in the Yellowstone ecosystem, instead they distributed themselves from resilient survivors in Minnesota and Michigan.


Wisconsin hound injured by wolves 01/08/15.

Since their return, Wisconsin wolves have ran head-long into the hound hunting culture that grew up during their absence. In northern Wisconsin there’s hardly a month that passes when there’s not hound hunters afield on public lands chasing and killing rabbits, raccoons, fox, coyote and bear. Only now, Wisconsin’s hound hunters refuse to share the landscape with native apex predators known to prey on their trespassing hounds. Instead in what has become a regular occurrence, when wolves kill a hunting hound in Wisconsin, a string of threats erupts amongst hounders to kill, poison and “take matters into their own hands”.

The first wolf depredation on hunting dogs in 2018 took place on January 7, in Forest County when wolves injured three coyote hunting hounds. (Later that month, coyote hunters blockaded Wolf Patrol’s vehicle and assaulted crew members as they were investigating a hound hunt in the area.) In recent years, portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National in Forest County have been on Wolf Patrol’s radar, not only for local residents enjoyment of coyote killing contests, but because federally protected wolves have been killed and dumped not far from the area.

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Coyote hunting hound killed by wolves near Breed, WI 01/24/15.

Over the winter of 2017-18, as well as throughout this Summer, Wolf Patrol has been monitoring wolf activity on national forest lands in Forest County, in our effort to help prevent illegal wolf killings. Beginning in early June 2018, Wolf Patrol began monitoring historic bear baits in Forest County, and quickly discovered that multiple wolf packs were also occupying an area with historic bear baits.

Our investigation into conflicts between hound hunters and federally protected gray wolves on Wisconsin national forest lands was not welcomed by bear hunters. After reporting bear baits out of compliance in late June, on July 1st, opening day of bear hound training season, two Wolf Patrol trail cameras monitoring a bear bait on national forest lands were stolen. Wolf Patrol provided evidence of the theft as well as photos of the suspects to law enforcement, who were successful in identifying and locating the bear hunters who stole the cameras. The cameras were later returned to us by the Forest County Sheriff’s Department.

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Bear hunter checking on bait in 08/31/18 Wolf Caution Area.


Because of the density of bear baits in the region, Wolf Patrol monitors wasn’t surprised when WDNR reported a bear hound had been injured by wolves in Forest County on August 30, 2018, but we were surprised when another hound depredation occurred the very next day, leaving two dogs dead, less than a mile from where Wolf Patrol trail cameras (that were not stolen) captured images of wolves visiting a bear bait in late June.

On September 18, another bear hound was injured by wolves, as it chased bears through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Forest County. This attack occurred just a few miles from where Wolf Patrol was monitoring bear hunting activity at the 09/31/18 depredation site a few days earlier, (and also only a short distance from where Wolf Patrol monitors found meat-baited fishhooks left out for predators during a local coyote killing contest in 2016).

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Conservation officer investigating illegal bait in Forest County 01/26/16.

From WDNR’s Dog Depredation page:

When wolves attack dogs in hunting or training situations on public land, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will create wolf caution areas to warn hunters that a specific pack has attacked a dog or group of dogs. Bear hunters are urged to exercise greater caution if they plan to train hounds or hunt bear with hounds near any caution area, especially if near an actual kill site…In addition, avoid releasing dogs at baits recently visited by wolves. When looking for bear sign near bait, make sure to also look for wolf tracks. Be familiar with your own dog’s tracks, so that you can distinguish it from any wolf tracks. If a specific bait site is receiving a lot of wolf use, discontinue using it until wolves have left and concentrate on an alternative bait site.

Contrary to what is advised by WDNR, since 2015, Wolf Patrol has repeatedly documented continued baiting and running of hounds in recently designated Wolf Caution Areas. As recently as September 14th, Wolf Patrol monitors identified eleven active bear baits in the 08/31/18 Wolf Caution Area, with one bait less than a quarter-mile from where two bear hounds were killed by wolves.

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Active bear baits in 08/31/18 Wolf Caution Area, Wolf Patrol 09/15/18.

What’s also interesting is that following the most recent injury of a bear hound by wolves in Forest County on 09/18/18, WDNR did not alert the public for six days (09/24/18), citing “…key staff being unavailable to post the new caution area map last week.” Although the WDNR is powerless to prohibit continuing bear baiting and hound use in Wolf Caution Areas, the system is still intended to aid in the prevention of more violent conflicts between bear hounds and wolves. Something it continually fails to do.

Instead, what the delay in reporting yet another bloody fight between bear hunting dogs and federally protected wildlife this year reveals, is that WDNR and bear hunters know that more fights are going to happen. They also know bear hunters aren’t going to stop running dogs and baiting in Wolf Caution Areas, so why bother alerting the public to another fight, when all it does is serve as an example of how bear hunters are to blame for the now 18 deadly fights between wolves and bear hounds since July 1st?

With two more weeks of bear hunting in Wisconsin ahead of us, and with the last week of the hunt dedicated only to hound hunters, more hound and wolf fights are not a question, but an expectation. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association’s only recommended solution is to regain state authority to recreationally kill wolves, as was legal between 2012-14 when over 500 were taken with traps, guns and hounds. Wolf Patrol has a less violent alternative: restrict and prohibit bear baiting, hound training and hunting in the entirety of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and especially in WDNR designated Wolf Caution Areas.

WDNR and the Wisconsin hound hunting community cannot be expected to do anything to prevent future deadly bear hound/wolf conflicts. That job belongs to you. If you’re a Wisconsin resident, visit the League of Conservation Voters http://conservationvoters.org to find local candidates to support in upcoming elections, and everyone else who also enjoys our national forests should send an email to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials asking them to take action to limit bear hunting activities on our national forest lands: 



Nik Seilenbinder & other Wisconsin hound hunters 08/27/17.

The following is a list of the dog fights with wolves so far this season in Wisconsin:

  • On 01/05/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves injured three hunting dogs in Forest County.
  • On 03/05/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Plott hound in Juneau County.
  • On 07/05/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves attacked and injured a walker hound in Burnett County.
  • On 07/07/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a redtick hound in Oneida County.
  • On 07/07/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves attacked three hunting dogs in the same incident.  A 7-year-old walker hound was killed, a 4-year-old walker hound was injured, and a 10-month-old walker hound was also injured in Bayfield County.
  • On 7/22/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that two walker trailing hounds were injured by wolves in Douglas County.
  • On 7/28/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that a plott trailing hound was injured by wolves in Douglas County.
  • On 7/29/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that a walker trailing hound was injured by wolves in Burnett County.
  • On 7/29/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that a plott trailing hound was killed by wolves in Sawyer County.
  • On 7/29/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that a walker trailing hound was injured by wolves in Oneida County.
  • On 08/05/18, USDA- Wildlife Services confirmed that two hunting dogs were depredated by wolves during the same incident.
  • On 08/11/18, USDA- Wildlife Services confirmed that a hunting dog was depredated by wolves in the Town of Hughes, Bayfield County.
  • On 08/19/18, USDA- Wildlife Services confirmed that one hunting dog was killed and a second hunting dog was injured by wolves during the same incident in the Dairyland Township, Douglas County.
  • On 08/30/18, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that a hunting dog was attacked and injured by wolves in Ross Township, Forest County.
  • On 08/31/18, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that two hunting dogs were depredated by wolves in the Town of Argonne, Forest County.
  • On 09/13/18, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed the depredation of hunting dog by wolves in the Town of Tomahawk, Lincoln County.
  • On 09/15/18, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed the depredation of a hunting dog by wolves in the Town of Delta, Bayfield County.
  • On 9/18/18, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that a plott hunting dog was injured by wolves in the Town of Laona, Forest County.
  • On 9/23/18 USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that a redtick hunting dog was depredated by wolves in the Town of Tomahawk, Lincoln County.
  • On 9/23/18 USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that a plott hunting dog was depredated by wolves in the Town of Fifield, Price County.




Black bear killed with aid of hounds in Taylor County September 2018.

Bear Hunting Continues in McDonald Creek Wolf Caution Area & More National Forest Bear Bait Violations…

On the morning of September 16, 2018, Wolf Patrol was monitoring a bear hunting party as it operated from Highway 55 in portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Forest County, Wisconsin. Our intentions, as told to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) & US Forest Service law enforcement, isn’t to follow any random hound hunting party we encounter, but those specifically operating in WDNR designated Wolf Caution Areas, where bear hounds have recently been killed by wolves. Our intention is not to harass or interfere with any law-abiding hunter. It is to monitor and document bear hunting practices that are contributing to deadly conflicts with federally protected wolves on public national forest lands.

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Each red dot indicates a fight between bear hounds and wolves between July-September 2018.

Every year, beginning with the opening days of Wisconsin’s bear hound training season in July, bear hounds and wolves begin their own deadly fighting season, as bear hunters begin dumping food to attract bears and release their hounds to chase them. The wolves are attracted to the bear baits, as has been documented repeatedly over the years, and especially this Summer and Fall in particular. Many bear hunters in northern Wisconsin have posted trail camera captured photos of wolves at their bear baits this year.



The smart bear hunters will abandon those baits, or at the very least not run their dogs off of baits visited by wolves. Once wolves have become accustomed to feeding from a bear bait, they will defend the location as a feeding area, challenging any other canine that enters the area.

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09/15/18 Facebook post about wolves visiting bear baits.

On September 16, as Wolf Patrol monitors were traveling south on Highway 55, a large bear hunting party was moving west, following hounds chasing a bear along the Pine River and into the McDonald Creek Wolf Caution Area established August 31, 2018 when wolves killed a bear hound in the area. We decided to return to the depredation area on Windsor Dam Road, where we believed the loose hounds were heading. As we left Highway 55, heading west on Pine River Road, a yearling bear cub ran out of the woods from the direction of the loose hounds.

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A bear hunter checking an active bear bait at 08/31/18 depredation site.

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Active bear baits in the McDonald Creek Wolf Caution Area September 2018.

We continued to our destination, parking on the shoulder of Windsor Dam Road near the junction of Forest Road 2039, where the depredation occurred on 08/31/18. As we listened to the hounds move across Pine River and south of Wildcat Creek, another young bear came bolting out of the forest away from the loose hounds. Wolf Patrol remained in the area until the loose hounds were collected by the hound hunting party. The first portion of the above video is from this morning patrol.

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Location of bait in violation of Florence County baiting ban & WDNR bear baiting regulations.

Later that day on September 16, Wolf Patrol responded to a Wisconsin resident’s report of bear baits near a popular campground in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Chipmunk Rapids Campground is a favorite place to fish, cool off or fill up with spring water. Hound trucks were seen at the trailhead to Lost Lake, which is also the territory of a wolf family known by the same name. Fresh mud leaving a pull off 500 yards from the campground led Wolf Patrol monitors to a bear bait on Chipmunk Creek that was clearly out of compliance with WDNR bear baiting regulations.

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WDNR baiting regulations regarding exposed bait.

WDNR baiting regulations clearly state that “Bait must be enclosed and covered to prevent access to the bait material by deer.” In addition, Florence County, where the bait is located, is one of 30 counties in Wisconsin under a total ban on using exposed bait for deer, due to the growing threat of Chronic Wasting Disease to Wisconsin’s deer herd.


Gallons of exposed corn and grain at bear bait near Chipmunk Rapids Campground 09/16/18.

Yet the bait at Chipmunk Creek had approximately four pounds of loose corn and grain spread around the hollowed out and capped log that was presumably filled with more bait. (Wolf Patrol monitors do not touch or tamper active bear baits or trail cameras on national forest lands, although we will document what is visible.) Approximately 20 feet from the spilled grain was another hole in the bank that had been filled with liquid bait consisting of oil, grease and other unknown materials.


Pit filled with grease, oil and unknown substances at bear bait 09/16/18.

Wolf Patrol will be returning to the Chipmunk Rapids area in September to conduct a more thorough search of bear baits on national forest lands. Where there is one illegal bear bait, our experience has been that there are always more being operated by the same bear hunters. The bait was reported to WDNR’s Violation Hotline on September 17, 2018.


Wolf Patrol trail camera captures wolves in McDonald Creek Wolf Caution Area 09/13/18.

With gray wolves successfully returning to suitable habitat, and the growing popularity of hound hunting throughout Wisconsin, deadly conflicts between bear hounds and wolves are sure to continue. Wolf Patrol is asking Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials to restrict and/or ban bear baiting and bear hound training on national forest lands. We are also asking for restrictions on bear hunting in known Wolf Caution Areas where bear hounds have already been killed by wolves.

If you agree its time to end these deadly conflict-causing practices on our national forest lands, please send your email to:


Bear Hunter’s Hounds Lose to Michigan Wolves in Bloody Forest Fight

Earlier this year, Wolf Patrol reported on the abusive practice of hound hunting for coyotes in Wisconsin and Michigan. One of the hound hunters whose Facebook videos we published of dogs fighting coyotes, bears and raccoons was Paul Robiadek from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

On September 16, during Michigan’s bear season in Mackinaw County, Robiadek’s bear hounds encountered a pack of wolves that killed two of his dogs. The killings come as more and more bear hounds are fighting with federally protected wolves, as both wolves recolonize former territory and more hound hunters take to the woods during bear season.

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Robiadek acknowledging his fighting dogs in 2017.

In addition to the danger of running bear hounds through summer and early fall wolf territory, when wolves are extremely protective of young pups, bear hunters in Michigan and Wisconsin contribute to the deadly conflicts by establishing multiple bear baits in areas that wolves habitate.

Wolf Patrol has spoken to Wisconsin hound hunters who will not run dogs in areas where wolves have begun visiting their bear baits. Once wolves become habituated to a known bear bait site, they will return often and when hounds are released to chase bears having visited the bait sites, they are injured or killed by the territorial wolves.

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September 15, 2018 Facebook post on Michigan hunting site.

Although this latest attack occurred in Michigan, bear hunters in Wisconsin have also been reporting an increase in wolves visiting bear baits. And on September 13 & 14th, 2018, two more bear hounds were killed by wolves in Lincoln and Bayfield County, Wisconsin. There have now been 15 separate fights between wolves and bear hounds since bear hound training season began on July 1st in northern Wisconsin.

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Red dots indicate 2018 Wisconsin wolf depredations on hunting dogs.

Wolf Patrol wants the killing to end! To Paul Robiadek, we are sorry less for your loss, but more so for your lack of ethics. You clearly enjoy training dogs to attack and maul wildlife, and now your hounds have paid the ultimate price for your cruelty.


Robiadek’s dogs at work.

Do not try to take it on the wolves responsible for teaching your bloodthirsty hounds a lesson, because Wolf Patrol will continue to monitor your and anyone else’s bear hunting activities once you begin making public threats to illegal kill federally protected wildlife harassed by your packs of dogs.

If you agree that hound hunters like Paul Robiachek shouldn’t be allowed to bait bears or run down wildlife with dogs, please send your comments to US Forest officials:



Shared on Facebook in 2017 by Paul Robiachek

*this is the contact information for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin

Bear Hunters Still to Blame for Deadly Dog Fights with Wolves

On September 14, 2018, Wolf Patrol began monitoring bear hunting activities in the McDonald Creek Wolf Caution Area which was designated by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) following the August 31 killing of two bear hounds by wolves.

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Area of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in video.

To date, there have been fourteen separate fights between federally protected gray wolves and bear hounds since bear hound training season began on July 1st. Ten dogs have been killed and another ten injured by wolves as there are released across northern Wisconsin to chase bears. Many bear hunters using hounds place “striker” baits on national forest lands where they place food to attract bears their hounds can later chase.

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Ten dead, ten injured with another 3 weeks of bear season to go…

Since 2015, Wolf Patrol has documented extensive bear baiting, bear hound training and hunting in areas where wolves clash with bear hounds. Intentionally feeding bears leads to not only bears being conditioned to being fed, but deer and other wildlife, which in turn can attracts wolves who also identify bear baits as a food source.

For a scientific study on the conflict between bear hounds and gray wolves:



Wolf in McDonald Creek Wolf Caution Area June 29, 2018 (incorrect trail cam date)

In Wisconsin many hound hunters will also continue to run their dogs through wolf territory after depredations have already occurred, knowing they will still be compensated up to $2,500.00 for each dog killed by wolves.

If you agree that its time to end bear baiting and hound training in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, please send your email opposed to these practices to US Forest officials at:




Wisconsin Bear Hunters Hall of Shame: ANDREW DERTINGER

Back in 2016, Wolf Patrol first encountered Andrew Dertinger, another proud member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, in the Washburn District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, where he annually camps way past the 21-day limit allowed by US Forest Service regulations. Every year, Dertinger takes his pack of Minnesota hounds to Wisconsin (its illegal to hunt bear with hounds in Minnesota) to chase bears in the summer months, and kill them in the Fall.


Andy Dertinger photo posted on Facebook 02/11/17.

Dertinger and his partner, Michael Mast, are also coyote hunters, often setting their hounds on live animals, which is illegal in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. The video included in this post was first reported to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in early 2018, but did not result in any citation being issued. Dertinger represents just a small sampling of the non-resident hound hunters who are attracted to Wisconsin because of its lack of regulations governing bear, coyote and all hound hunting.


Dertinger’s hounds cornering coyote on roof of barn.

So far in 2018, Dertinger is again bringing his unethical hunting practices onto your national forest lands, posting videos of himself chasing bears, using drones to harass treed bears, and most recently leaving his hound training camp in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest littered with waste.

On September 11, 2018, Wolf Patrol members visited Dertinger’s campsite in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, discovering discarded 55-gallon drums filled with food waste, empty buckets, dog kennels, leash stakes and illegal drags. The vacated campsite has been reported to US Forest Service law enforcement, and Wolf Patrol has been notified that the allegation of illegal dumping will be investigated.

But its not just Andy Dertinger that is the problem, its all bear hunters, resident and non-resident, who take advantage of Wisconsin’s liberal bear hunting regulations to essentially do whatever the hell they like in our national forests.

If you are sick and tired of the way some bear hunters treat our national forests like their own private hunting reserves, disrespecting not only wildlife, but the rights of other forest users, please take a moment and send an email asking that these practices be banned forever in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.


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Secretary of Interior Calls for More Hound Hunting & Bear Baiting on Federal Lands

Yesterday, on the eve of the opening day of the hound hunt for bear in Wisconsin, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued a broad federal order directing Department officials to review policies on DoI lands that are restrictive to hunting and trapping.

In his September 10, 2018 order, Zinke directs DoI agencies, like the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, to make federal lands more open to hound hunting, bear baiting and trapping. Under current law, such hunting practices like bear baiting are prohibited on USFWS lands.


Wolf Patrol is continuing to call on all recreational users of national forest lands to take a stand against these abusive hunting practices in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) of northern Wisconsin.

Feeding wild bears and hunting and training hounds to chase and kill bears should no longer be allowed in the CNNF, where it is causing deadly conflicts between bear hunting dogs and federally protected wolves every year, not to mention conditioning wildlife into being fed by humans.

So far in 2018, there have been 15 reports of violent clashes between wolves and hunting dogs in Wisconsin, leaving ten dogs dead and 13 injured. Since Wisconsin’s bear hound training and bear baiting season began, Wolf Patrol has documented extensive baiting and hounding practices continuing in areas where bear hounds have already been killed, lending to even more deadly conflicts.

Little can be done for the over 4,500 black bears slated to be killed this year in Wisconsin with the aid of hounds and bait. But you can send your email today asking US Forest officials to restrict these practices on our national forest lands in the future!

Only you can end bear hunting abuses in our national forests!





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