Bear Baiting Continues in Price County Wolf Caution Area

On September 26, 2020 Wolf Patrol visited a Wolf Caution Area created when federally protected gray wolves killed a bear hunting hound on September 19, 2020. This particular caution area is one of three in this area of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Price County, Wisconsin.

Site of wolf depredations on bear hounds in 2020.

We encountered the bear hunter who lost a hound to wolves off of Long Canyon Road on August 15, 2020 during bear hound training season while visiting a bear bait not far from the depredation site. The bait site featured in this video is from near the 09/19/20 depredation site in Price County. The cause of deadly encounters between bear hunting hounds and wolves isn’t too many wolves, it’s too many bear baits.

In Wisconsin, no license is required to bait bears from April until October nor is there any limit on the number of bear baits a hunter can use. More and more bear hunters in Wisconsin are reporting wolves visiting their bait sites, which occurs once the animals have become accustomed to feeding from the sites. Once that happens, depredations on bear hounds become inevitable.

It’s time to end bear baiting in our national forests and other public lands in Wisconsin! Join Wolf Patrol in calling for an end to the intentional feeding of bears and other wildlife!

SEND EMAILS TO:

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board:

Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov

Bear Hunters Use Bait & Hounds to Kill Thousands of Black Bears in Wisconsin

Every year in Wisconsin, thousands of black bears are killed by hunters with the aid of bait and hounds. Bear hunting today is no longer a skilled challenge, instead hunters dump literally tons of food in the forest to attract bears.

Wisconsin allows bear hunters to dump literally ten gallons of food waste including fryer grease at bear bait site daily…and at as many baits as you care to establish on our public lands. From Facebook group, “Bear Hunting Wisconsin” 09/11/20

Next come bear hunting hounds with GPS collars that trail bears from bait sites until they can be treed and killed. In Wisconsin, both the U.S. Forest Service and Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board allow unlimited bear baiting from April until October.

Gresham Bear Hunters operating in portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where wolves have killed numerous bear hounds and hunters have responded with poisoning wolves near bear bait sites.

The intentional feeding sites don’t only attract bears, but wolves as well. When bear hunting hounds are released from bait sites that wolves recognize as a feeding site, they are often killed by the wolves and eaten.

The Voyogers Wolf Project has proven through telemetry tracking that wolves become habituated to feeding from bear bait sites in Minnesota & Wisconsin.

Now Wisconsin bear hunters are retaliating for their hounds being killed by placing poisons that are killing not only wolves, but wildlife and even other bear hunting hounds. Wolf Patrol is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the scum responsible. You can remain anonymous, as long as you tell us who has been poisoning wolves in Wisconsin in recent years.

For the past two years and possibly longer, Wisconsin bear hunters have been poisoning wolves and other wildlife near bear baiting locations. The poisons have also killed numerous pet dogs, hunting dogs and other wildlife.

Wisconsin’s bear baiting regulations allow unlimited bear bait sites, without any requirement for registration or license. Even chocolate is legally allowed to be fed to bears even though it’s been proven to be toxic and deadly, especially to bear cubs and wild canines.

Bait dealers sell expired human food waste by the truck load to Wisconsin bear hunters who dump over 4 million gallons of bait annually in Wisconsin, most of it on our national forest lands where it comprises up to 40% of a black bear’s diet in the state.

Already this year, 20 separate deadly fights have been reported between bear hunting hounds and wolves, leaving 19 dogs dead and three injured…and still both the U.S. Forest Service and Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board do nothing to limit or regulate bear baiting on our public lands.

From Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources gray wolf web page: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/wolf/dogdeps.html

Please join Wolf Patrol in our call for an end to bear baiting in our national forests and the end of Wisconsin’s two-month long summer bear hound training season, when most hounds are killed.

Feeding bears isn’t hunting…it’s just plain stupid.

We are asking concerned citizens to send emails to both Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials and Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board, asking for an end deadly practices that are habituating both bears and wolves into being fed by humans. Feeding wild bears is not only dangerous, it’s just plain stupid!

Jeff Reeves of Eagle River, Wisconsin is a hound hunter who feeds bears recreationally on his private property which is illegal…Wolf Patrol has reported his activities to WDNR for over two years and the agency has taken no action to stop him from baiting bears for his pleasure.

Here are the agencies in Wisconsin that you need to express your opinions too today:

Chequamegon-Nicolet-Nicolet National Forest officials:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board:

Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov

Unlicensed Bear Baiter Will Be Paid $5,000 for Second Hound Killed By Wolves in 10 Days

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A Wisconsin bear baiter who lost a hound to wolves on August 12th, 2020 returned to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest this week and had another hound killed by the very same wolves on August 19th. Let me first say that Wolf Patrol offers its condolences for your losses, but we also find bear baiters in our national forests recklessly irresponsible for not heeding the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) warnings to avoid the “Wolf Caution Area” created by your very own actions.

08.19.20 CARLA KOBIN

Just another open threat to violate federal wildlife law from a bear hunter in Wisconsin. After all, what are national forest for if not for baiting bears and training dogs to chase them?

Of course, getting paid $2,500 out of Wisconsin’s Endangered Species Fund for each hound killed by wolves isn’t your motivation. But Wolf Patrol has learned that continuing to run bear hounds and bait bears in the same wolf range where you’ve already lost a hound, is simply asking for trouble. Bear hunters from all states are allowed unlimited bear baiting and unlicensed hound training in Wisconsin’s national forests. But why hasn’t the WDNR and the U.S. Forest Service done anything to limit bear baiting and hound training in areas where wolves have already killed bear hounds?

08.19.20 NIXON DEP POST

What did you expect Mike when you released your dogs in a WDNR Wolf Caution Area? The wild wolves of Wisconsin to join your hounds in a chorus of  “Kumbaya My Lord”???

When a Wisconsin bear hunter releases a hound in our national forest and has it killed by wolves, it’s not their own reflection in the mirror they blame, but the federally protected wolves that are simply defending their homelands from loose packs of dogs running rampant through our forests. It’s like blaming the driver of an automobile that hits your dog after you have allowed it to run free on a busy highway.

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A Forest County bear hunter admitting that they have literally no control of their hounds once they are released in our national forests…but it’s the wolves fault their hounds get killed right?

 

While the WDNR & U.S. Forest Service continue to allow bear hunters to treat our national forests like their own private hunting club, is it any surprise that the very same bear hunters next move after a wolf depredation on bear hounds is to launch an illegal war on federally protected wildlife that includes poisoning and vows to kill every wolf they encounter?

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Facebook comments about the latest depredations. Ty Belland says Wolf Patrol has it wrong about wolves, but when we asked him to show us that bear hunting with hounds isn’t as bad as we think it is, all we hear from him is crickets.

Since the two depredations have occurred in Forest County, the very same Wisconsin bear hunters involved are publicly stating that they will openly violate the federal Endangered Species Act and shoot, poison and run over any wolves in Wisconsin they encounter. Such open threats to illegally kill federally protected wildlife are not met with condemnation from state and federal authorities, but instead silence.

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After all, what are our national forests for if not harassing and killing the native inhabitants? Ignorance rules amongst those responsible for the deaths of wolves and bear hounds in northern Wisconsin’s national forests.

Maybe it’s time for some of our own direct action. Would those in charge of managing our national forests take notice if pro-wolf advocates decided to also take the law into their own hands to stop this senseless killing? In the absence of any preventive action to limit bear baiting and hound training in areas where it’s already causing deadly conflicts and ignorant vigilantism, what are we the public left to do?

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WDNR & USFS say nothing’s wrong with feeding bears chocolate in unlimited baits which is known to be toxic to bear cubs especially and wild canids like wolves and coyotes.

 

These are questions we at Wolf Patrol would like our supporters to ask their elected representatives (if Wisconsin residents) and U.S. Forest officials who continue to turn a bind eye to the storm that is brewing every Summer in northern Wisconsin.  Bear hunters say the solution is an open season on gray wolves. Wolf Patrol says the answer is a license requirement and limit to the number of bear baits and hounds allowed to trespass our national forests.

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Wisconsin bear hunters response to calls for limits on bear baiting and hound training on YOUR national forest lands.

Are we being unreasonable? In the last five years, Wolf Patrol has asked only that those responsible for the management of our public lands take appropriate action to limit the behavior of land users whose actions are causing a preventable deadly conflict with federally protected gray wolves.

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It’s perfectly legal in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to dump gallons of fryer grease in as many locations as you’d like…if you are a bear hunter.

 

Absent from Wolf Patrol’s Facebook page, website and YouTube channel are calls for any kind of retaliation against bear hunters. No one is asking citizens to take to forest roads and tamper with the thousands of bear baits littering our forests, or calls to smash bear hunters trail cameras, or even poisoning any of the thousands of hounds released without license in federally protected wildlife habitat and public lands. All we are asking for is for those responsible to do the right thing and limit the behavior of a segment of the population currently treating our national forests like a toilet.

 

10.31.19 BELLAND VIOLATION

It is illegal in Wisconsin to run more than six dogs at a time after bear, but when the WDNR & USFS doesn’t give a shit, why not run nine dogs like suspected wolf poacher Ty Belland?

 

Perhaps WDNR & the U.S. Forest Service are hoping if they do nothing and more hounds are killed by wolves, that federal authorities will simply cave in and say it’s time to once again to eradicate gray wolves from the landscape. If we are to consider the recent appointment by WDNR of a hound hunter into the position of Large Carnivore Specialist responsible for the management of wolves and bears, then it begins to appear that both the WDNR & USFS’s concern isn’t with protecting our public lands and wildlife, but instead the rights of a small minority to do whatever they like in their pursuit to kill bears.

 

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August 18, 2020 Facebook post and comments promoting illegal killing of federally protected gray wolves in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

 

Wolf Patrol is calling on everyone opposed to the irresponsible actions of bear hunters in Wisconsin to get involved. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Call state and federal authorities. And most importantly, visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and see for yourself what it is like on any average day between July 1st, when hound training season begins and late October, when the kill season finally ends.

 

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Wisconsin bear hound or sacrificial wolf snack redeemable for $2,500.00?

 

Wolf Patrol refuses to sit idly by while another wolf or yes, even bear hound is killed. This is also a call to reasonable bear hunters to clean up your own mess. We know not all of you are as ignorant as the hound hunters of Forest County, but it’s time for you to act responsibly and no longer willfully put your dogs at risk, just so you can chase a bear.

 

08.12.20 BEAR @ BAIT

Feeding the bears isn’t just irresponsible wildlife management, it’s just plain stupid…unless you are a bear hunter in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest!

 

Please contact state and federal public lands managers and ask them why they are not taking action to limit the activities of those who openly advocate for the killing of federally protected wildlife in our national forests when their own behavior leads to the senseless deaths of domestic and wild animals.

 

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Just another public Facebook post from an unlicensed bear baiter operating as a bear hunting guide in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest…

 

The Future of our national forests is in your hands. Act now to prevent our public lands from becoming the dumping grounds for millions of gallons of bear bait and thousands of unlicensed hunting hounds, all for the sake of those who take joy from shooting bears out of trees.

 

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board:

Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov

MEGHAN & MIKE

Meghan Dreher & Mike Nixon throwing their dogs to the wolves for $5,000 from Wisconsin’s Endangered Species Fund…they’ll probably use the money to buy poison.

Wolves Attracted to Unlimited Bear Baits Kill Four More Bear Hounds in Wisconsin

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August 16, 2020 photo of gray wolf at bear bait in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest operated by  bear hunting guide in St. Germain, Wisconsin.

Four more bear hounds were killed by federally protected gray wolves over the weekend during Wisconsin’s 7-month bear baiting and 2-month bear hound training season. The latest depredations mark the 11th such attack since hound training season began on July 1, 2020. To date, a total of 14 bear hounds have been killed and three injured by wolves.

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Despite knowing that wolves are becoming habituated to killing bear hunting hounds, the U.S. Forest Service still allows unlimited bear baiting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, where many of the depredations have occurred this year.

Wisconsin does not require hunters to obtain any kind of license to bait bears or train hunting hounds, and neither the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) or the U.S. Forest Service know for certain how many bear bait locations litter our public lands because neither agency requires any limit or even registration on bear baiting, much of which takes place in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

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Wisconsin bear hunter filling a bear bait with human food waste and spraying the area with used cooking oil.

Over 4 million gallons of bear bait is estimated to be used by Wisconsin’s bear hunters, who can begin intentionally feeding bears in mid-April until October. Hound hunters are allowed to chase but not kill bears from July 1st until hunting season begins in October.

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Black bear visiting typical bear bait located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Some bear bait ingredients such as chocolate and Xylitol, a sweetener used in peanut butter are toxic to bears, wolves and their cubs and pups.

This year, many bear hunters are reporting gray wolves visiting their bait sites, many in areas where previous depredations on bear hounds have already occurred, such as in Forest County, Wisconsin where wolves killed another bear hound on August 12, 2020. Hound hunters are paid $2,500 for each dog killed by wolves.

08.16.20 WOLF @ BAIT

August 16, 2020 trail camera photo of gray wolf visiting bear bait. Wolves become accustomed to feeding from bait sites and will defend the area as a feeding site, killing any dogs found trespassing the area.

The intentional feeding of bears and other wildlife causes many conflicts for predators that become accustomed to being fed by humans. Last week in Forest County, a bear broke into a bear baiters garage to get at 50 lb. bags of granola and peanut butter being used to bait bears in northern Wisconsin. Some peanut butter contains Xylitol, which is toxic to wolves and other canids. Another common ingredient allowed to be used as bear bait in Wisconsin is chocolate, which is also toxic to bears, wolves and other canids.

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August 14, 2020 Facebook post by a bear baiter in Forest County, Wisconsin. Often bears like the one that broke into this garage will be determined to be a “nuisance” and can be killed out of season by bear hunters that created the problem in the first place.

In 2018, a WDNR research study concluded that 40% of a black bear’s diet in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest consisted of bait set out by hunters. Much of the bait used in Wisconsin is high in sugar and suspected to be causing an abnormal increase in reproduction for wild bears, despite the fact that WDNR says it needs a bear hunt to control the animals growing population.

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August 7, 2020 trail camera photo of bears feeding from a bait site in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Bear cubs like these are conditioned from a young age into being fed by hunters so there hounds can later chase…and kill them.

And it’s not just bear bait that is causing problems for wildlife in our national forests, since 2018, someone has been poisoning wolves and other animals in what is suspected to be retaliation for bear hounds killed by wolves in Wisconsin. Numerous witnesses have stated that bear hunters are responsible for the poisonings, but to date there have been no arrests. Wolf Patrol continues to offer a $5,000 reward for information on the poisoning in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

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Please join Wolf Patrol in calling for an end to bear baiting and summer hound training in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. You can send your email to forest officials at:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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STEPHEN COUNARD BAY BEAR

Wisconsin bear being bayed by hounds belonging to Stephen Counard.

 

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This campaign will end on August 24, 2020, so if you’d like to show your support for Wolf Patrol’s citizen monitoring of bear hunters, baiters and hound trainers on our national forests, visit the link below to buy one today!

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It’s Time to End Bear Baiting & Hound Training in Wisconsin’s Wolf Country

On August 3 & 10, 2020, two more bear hounds were killed by wolves in northern Wisconsin, after chasing bears attracted to baits set by hunters. This marks the ninth such conflict between bear hunters and federally protected gray wolves since Wisconsin’s two-month summer bear hound training season began on July 1st. Each year an average of 20 hunting hounds are killed when they clash with wolves on mostly public lands.

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This federally protected gray wolf was photographed visiting bear bait sites multiple times in Forest County, Wisconsin where a bear hound was killed on August 10, 2020. Three other hunting dogs were killed by wolves in the very same area in the last two years.

Once again, these latest depredations occurred in an area heavily used by bear hunters to train their dogs, and in areas where multiple depredations have already occurred. In Wisconsin, hound hunters are paid $2,500 for every hound killed by wolves in the state.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources map of wolf depredations in Forest County 2018-present. In 2018, more bear hounds were killed by wolves in Forest County than anywhere else in the state.

In Forest County, where a bear hound was killed by wolves on August 10, bear hunters have shared multiple trail camera pictures of wolves feeding from bear bait sites in the very same area. The intentional feeding of wildlife, which is allowed in Wisconsin from April through October is the cause of these deadly conflicts between bear hunting hounds and wolves, yet both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and U.S. Forest Service continue to do nothing to address the problem.

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Wisconsin bear hunters are in denial about their unlimited bear baiting and unlicensed hound training being the cause of depredations on hunting hounds…instead they simply want to kill more wolves.

And it’s not just wolves and hounds that are dying during Wisconsin’s summer hound training season, but bears as well. Over 4 million gallons of bear bait is dumped on public lands annually, much of it consisting of sugary, unhealthy human food waste, including chocolate which is toxic to bears, wolves and other canids.
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Please join Wolf Patrol in calling for a total ban on bear baiting and hound training in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where a majority of the deadly conflicts are occurring each year. Let’s get the bait and hounds out of our national forest!

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A Wisconsin bear chased for hours in the heat of summer by a pack of hounds being trained on August 12, 2020 in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

SEND EMAILS TO CHEQUAMEGON-NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST OFFICIALS:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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Wolves will defend bear bait sites as a feeding ground, killing any canine that trespasses their territory in summer months when their pups are young and vulnerable.

For more information on Wisconsin’s deadly clash between bear hunting hounds and wolves, please visit WDNR’s gray wolf page:

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A bear chased by hounds taking refuge in Forest County’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Both WDNR & U.S. Forest Service allow bear baiting from April until October and hound training July through October on mostly public lands.

Wisconsin’s Unlimited Bear Baiting & Hound Training Continuing to Cause Wolf Conflicts

No where else but in Wisconsin can a hunter use thousands of gallons of bait to attract bears for their hounds to chase, months before the September hunting season, without any license required or limit on the number of baits they can use.

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A black bear treed by hounds in 80 degree weather during Wisconsin’s bear hound training season that began July 1st and runs until September…when the kill season begins.

The last time the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) surveyed in 2014, over 4 million gallons of human food waste such as donuts, cookies, bread, candy, syrup, chocolate and other sugary foods were being dumped in bear baits, much of it in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where the WDNR conducted a study that found 40% of a black bear’s diet in the forest to be artificial bait.

 

Wisconsin is one of the few remaining states allowing the use of chocolate as bear bait due to its toxicity to not only bears but wolves and other canids. Older bear hunters have told Wolf Patrol they believe chocolate in Wisconsin baits is killing bear cubs. Let’s not forget that over the past two winter’s someone has been setting out poisoned meat, always near popular bear hunting areas and always near where wolves have killed bear hounds. Wolf Patrol continues to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of whoever is responsible and many suspect hound hunters.

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One of the many bear bait products available to dump in the forest to attract bears. Up to ten gallons of bait can be poured into each bite site, with no limit on bear bait sites in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s bear baiting regulations allow anyone to bait bears, as long as they are doing so for a licensed bear hunter. If you can simply provide the name of a bear tag holder, you are legally allowed to feed bears junk food from April until October, what researchers says is the entire active period for a black bear.

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Bear baiter and hound hunter in Bayfield County, Wisconsin July 2020.

And neither the WDNR nor the US Forest Service know exactly how many bear baits there are in Wisconsin because there is no requirement to register their location to game wardens such as is the case in the neighboring state of Minnesota. The problems do not end with the intentional feeding of wildlife so hunters can train their dogs to chase them, all on our national forest lands.

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Adult wolf and pups visiting a bear bait in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. July 2020.

The problem with bear baiting is that its not just bears being attracted to baits but wolves as well. Since their recolonization of Wisconsin, gray wolves have become habituated to feeding from bear baits. So when hounds are released from these sites, they are often killed and eaten by wolves defending the area as a feeding site or simply being protective of young pups.

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Photo from notorious bear hunter Tyler Kettlewell who has had his hounds killed by wolves before.

The video and trail camera images in this video were all provided by Wisconsin bear hunters currently baiting bears and training hounds in northern Wisconsin. It is a known fact that wolves will kill bear hounds, especially in Summer months and already four depredations on bear hounds have occurred in the first month of training season.

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It’s time the US Forest Service prohibits the feeding of bears and summer training of hounds, especially in areas where there is a history of depredations, like the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

To register your comment, please contact USFS officials via email:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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Poisoning of Dogs and Wildlife Continues: Wisconsin Bear Hunters Are Suspected

Since 2018, someone has been poisoning wolves and other animals in northern Wisconsin. Wolf Patrol believes it is bear hunters acting in retaliation for their hunting dogs killed by wolves in the very same areas. Most of the meat-laced poisons have been discovered recently on national forest lands in Forest, Florence and Marinette counties, exactly where more bear hounds are killed by wolves than anywhere else in Wisconsin.

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The latest victims: Ollie and Daisy both died after eating poison-laced meatballs spread throughout the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest sometime this Spring.

Wolf Patrol suspects Wisconsin bear hunters of carrying out the poisonings because in recent years calls have increased for bear hunters to take the law into their own hands and reduce Wisconsin’s growing wolf population. It is common for Wolf Patrol monitors to see anti-wolf bumperstickers on hound hunting trucks in the poisoning areas and for years now wolves have been showing up dead in and around Forest County, Wisconsin.

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A Wisconsin bear hunter’s window decal in Forest County.

In the 2019 bear hound training & hunting season, a total of 21 bear hounds were killed by wolves in northern Wisconsin in what has become an annual tradition since gray wolves recolonized the state’s forest lands. Bear hunters in Wisconsin have called for the illegal killing of wolves ever since the animals were returned to federal protection in 2014.

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This otter, a dog, cat and other animals were discovered poisoned near Superior, Wisconsin on April 27, 2020.

Now it’s not only wolves, but coyotes, otters, raptors, weasels, raccoons, people’s pets and even other hunting dogs are dying in increasing numbers due to the continued poisoning which first was reported in December 2018. The poisoners are suspected of throwing meatballs laced with a powerful commercially available insecticide that kills anyone that ingests the tainted meat in minutes.

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Ty Belland and his entire family, including members of the Forest County Sheriff’s Department are suspects in the illegal poisoning continuing unabated in Forest County, Wisconsin.

Wolf Patrol is calling on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the U.S. Forest Service to request a federal investigation into the poisonings which have targeted federally protected wildlife on federal lands in both Wisconsin and Michigan. Whoever is responsible for these illegal acts is violating the federal Endangered Species Act as well as many other laws since it is suspected that state lines are being crossed to commit these crimes, mostly on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

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Poisoned meat like in this photo has killed at least five dogs in the month of April 2020 alone.

Wolf Patrol is also calling on other organizations, both pro-animal and pro-hunting to add to our $5,000 reward for information on whoever is responsible (bear hunters) so they can be brought to justice. The $1,000 reward currently offered by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is not enough of an incentive for any informed parties to come forward, so we are asking that any organization that condemns these actions contribute to Wolf Patrol’s Reward Fund.

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A Iron River, Michigan veterinarian’s April 26, 2020 warning to owners walking their dogs in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Also, please send a polite email to WDNR’s new Chief Warden & USFS officials asking that this poisoning of wildlife and pets be taken more seriously and a federal investigation that questions bear hunters who advocate poaching begin before more animals die more horrific and deaths.

 

Send your emails to:

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

WDNR Chief Warden Casey Krueger:

Casey.Krueger@wisconsin.gov

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One of the wolves targeted in Wisconsin bear hunter’s illegal poisoning campaign on national forest lands.

 

Wisconsin Bear Hunter’s Poison Campaign Targeting Wolves that Killed Their Hounds

In what can only be described as a two-year illegal poisoning campaign, Wisconsin bear hunters are being blamed for the recent deaths this winter of federally protected wolves, raptors, other wildlife and even two hunting hounds recently in northeastern Wisconsin.

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The frontline of Wisconsin bear hunters war with wolves in Forest, Florence and Marinette counties. Bear hunters run hounds in known wolf areas, wolves kill hounds, bear hunters call for illegal killings, bear hunters poison wolves…

All animals have fallen victim to the same deadly fast-acting poison that is hidden in ground meat and distributed for not just wolves, but any animal to find. Poisoned animals have been reported in Forest, Florence and Marinette counties and other poisoning incidents have been reported in Price and Bayfield counties. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are soliciting the public for any information that might help them catch whoever is responsible.

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March 11, 2020 comments on Facebook private group, “Wisconsin Outdoorsman!”

Ever since wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan were returned to federal protections in December 2014, there have been many public calls for delisting followed by much darker calls for a campaign of illegal killing involving shootings and poison.

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Facebook comment by Ty Belland after wolves killed one of his bear hunting hounds in August 2019 not far from where two hunting hounds ate poisoned meat in December 2019.

Less than 3 miles from where two hunting hounds were poisoned in December 2019, near the town of Blackwell, Wisconsin, investigators with Wolf Patrol discovered over half a dozen meat-wrapped treble fishing hooks dangling from fishing line in January 2016, on national forest trails where wolves and other animals were meant to ingest them.

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Conservation officer investigating illegal baits found less than 3 miles from December 2019 poisoning site where two hunting beagles died.

Wolf Patrol had come to Forest County in 2016, to monitor a coyote and bobcat killing contest organized in Argonne, Wisconsin. Attendees of the event openly bragged to Wolf Patrol’s founder Rod Coronado that any wolf encountered by county residents would be quickly and quietly killed. Since then, in addition to the latest poisoning campaign, other wolves have been shot and dumped in other locations not far from where recent poisoning have occurred.WOLF KILLED DEER COMMENTS

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Typical comments following anti-wolf Facebook posting by Wisconsin bear hunter who lives and hunts where poisons were found.

Public calls to kill and poison wolves are not hard to find on many Wisconsin Facebook hunting pages, and often follow social media postings by winter hound hunters who encounter wolves while hunting bobcats and coyotes on mostly national forest lands.

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Two dogs poisoned in March 2019 near bear bait in Florence County that was reported to WDNR for being exposed to other animals in September 2018.

Following the public announcement by WDNR & USFWS that two of his hunting hounds had died from the same poison responsible for killing wolves and other wildlife in northern Wisconsin, hound hunter Jim Matuszewski stated on his Facebook page on March 10, 2020 that he could “almost guarantee” he knew who was responsible. In the same comment thread he later said he knew of two bear hunters who were placing poison near the bear bait sites where wolves were seen on hunters’ trail cameras.

I KNOW THE PERSON...

POISON AT BEAR BAIT SITES

The Facebook post on March 11, 2020 by Jim Matuszewski’s whose two hunting beagles were poisoned in December 2019…he failed to tell WDNR investigators about the bear hunters he believes are responsible for the poisoning.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service should treat these poisonings as serious violations of federal law and request assistance from federal prosecutors who could compel witnesses to testify and to stop protecting those Wisconsin bear hunters responsible for the illegal killing and poisoning of federally protected wildlife.

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Facebook post by pet owner who’s two dogs died from poison found in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, next to a reported bear hunter’s bait.

Otherwise, more animals will continue to die as we enter another season of bear hound training and hunting which leads to more wolf conflicts that result in continued poisoning and killing of wolves and other wildlife and pets in Wisconsin.

CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE

Wisconsin bear hunters defending the poisoning to victim whose two dogs died in December 2019 and who knows bear hunters are responsible.

If you have any information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for illegally poisoning wolves and other animals in Wisconsin, please call 1-800-TIP-WDNR immediately!

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Wolf Patrol will ask for authentication of your tip from authorities, then pay $1000. The remaining $4000 will be paid upon criminal conviction of anyone illegally poisoning wildlife in Wisconsin.

Michigan Conservation Club Looking To Get Rid of the 600 Dead Bunnies From Their Killing Contest

DAVE ROBBINS RABBIT DERBY

Ravenna “Conservation” Club teaching children how to treat wildlife with one of their many wildlife killing contests endorsed by Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission. February 22, 2020 Ravenna, Michigan.

Every year Michigan sportsman’s clubs and hunting organizations sponsor dozens of wildlife killing contests offering cash and prizes for the largest, smallest or most animals killed. These contests usually target predators like coyotes, foxes and bobcats, but other animals such as crows and rabbits are also targeted in these legal wildlife killing contests.

RCC 2020 RABBIT DERBY

Kill first and ask questions later.

On February 22, 2020 the Ravenna Sportsman’s Club in Ravenna, Michigan held its second wildlife killing contest of the year, the 2020 Rabbit Derby which saw a large turn out of hunters who killed a reported 678 rabbits. Prizes were awarded for the largest rabbit killed and next month the Club will hold its annual squirrel killing contest.

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No stranger to conservation, the Ravenna Conservation Club hosts many wildlife killing contests.

The Ravenna Conservation Club claims that most of the rabbits killed in their contest are “donated” but no mention is made to where. As soon as the rabbit derby was over, the club posted on Facebook that anyone could take the dead rabbits from their killing contest.

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February 22, 2020 post on Facebook.

While it is charitable to donate food to the hungry, it’s not ethical to kill any animal without any intention to utilize its meat and/or fur. Simply killing as many animals as you can isn’t hunting, it’s the wanton waste of wildlife.

DAVE ROBBINS GUNS N BEER

“Why won’t she text me? Didn’t she like my dead rabbits? Guns and beer are not a good combination when you’re hunting, but they are when you’re participating in a killing contest! 

Wildlife killing contests like the Ravenna Conservation Club’s Rabbit Derby encourage overhunting for no other reason than that it’s fun. This isn’t science based wildlife management or putting food on the table, its killing for fun and money and it should not be endorsed by Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission.

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Please send a polite email to Commissioners alerting them to the wanton waste of wildlife that is being encouraged by Michigan’s many wildlife killing contests and ask that the competitive killing of any animal should never be rewarded with cash and prizes.

To Send Your Email To Michigan’s Natural Resources Commissioners:

NRC@Michigan.gov

or call: 517-284-6237

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