Wolf Patrol’s Oversight of Coyote & Bobcat Killing Contest on Federal Lands During Government Shutdown

Here’s a video covering this past weekend’s patrol of the KBM Predator Hunt. Thank you to all our supporters who have made this winter’s campaign possible! And its not over yet! We will take continuing donations to this account and use them to document and witness other wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin this winter.

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Coyotes hanging behind the Old Town Hall, Townsend, Wisconsin 01/19/19.

Our focus will remain those killing contests on national forest lands where conflicts with federally protected gray wolves is a violent reality. As this past weekend illustrated, wolves are very active in the areas where these contests are occurring, so we await news of the next wolf depredation on a hunting hound.

Last week, Wolf Patrol was the only organization in the Chequamgon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) monitoring a coyote and bobcat killing contest organized by local hound hunters in Townsend, Wisconsin.

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Hounders operating in Headwaters Wilderness Area during government shutdown.

According to our members who also were registered and attending the event, over 30 teams of at least two people each signed up for cash and prizes awarded for the smallest and largest coyote or bobcat killed. As of sign in, on the night of January 19, 2019, seven coyotes had been registered killed during the event.

Wildlife killing contests like the KBM Predator Hunt, especially when held in federally protected gray wolf habitat, should be banned on all national forest lands. Organized events that indiscriminately target entire populations of native predators in the forest ecosystem should not be allowed without a full biological and scientific review of their impact on wildlife and other natural resources.

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Contest participants place these blocks between the jaws of dead coyotes.

The KBM Predator Hunt was also organized in an area of northern Wisconsin where there were seven deadly conflicts in 2018 between gray wolves and hunting hounds used to pursue bear, bobcat and coyote. On January 19, 2019 our members in the field also documented recent wolf activity in portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where the KBM hunt was expected to take place.

Aside from the conflicts wildlife killing contests cause with gray wolves, hunting coyotes with hounds involves inherent cruelty that Wolf Patrol believes should not be allowed within our national forest system. Due to the current federal government shutdown, entire CNNF offices responsible for monitoring public activity have been closed, leaving wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin’s and Michigan’s national forests virtually without oversight.

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Lone wolf tracks on the day of the KBM Predator Hunt, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Wolf Patrol will continue to monitor wildlife killing contests in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest throughout the winter of 2019, and are asking our supporters to write letters opposed to these contests to your local newspapers as well as continuing to send emails to CNNF forest officials. Thank you to all our supporters who make Wolf Patrol possible. We will continue to stand for Wisconsin’s wildlife until the wanton waste of wildlife is ended!

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Coyotes and Bobcat from Michigan Predator Quest contest which took place same day as KBM hunt 01/19/19.

The government remains shutdown, but as soon as it opens send your emails to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials asking that wildlife killing contests be banned on national forest lands until a full environmental review of their impact has been conducted. 

Send your email to:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

Wolf Patrol Update from KBM Predator Killing Contest…

The KBM Predator Hunt is one of many winter coyote killing contests taking place in Wisconsin right now. Wolf Patrol is monitoring this hunt because it is taking place in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest without any special permitting required, in areas with a history of recent conflicts between gray wolves and hunting hounds. Last year, six deadly conflicts between hunting dogs chasing bears, coyotes and bobcats occurred in the KBM Hunt area. Wolf Patrol is asking concerned citizens to email US Forest officials asking that wildlife killing contests in our national forests be stopped.

SEND EMAILS TO: cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

 

A Day in the Life of a Coyote Hounder

Dale Gravdal with live hogtied coyote, May 18, 2015.

Dale Gravdal of Canby Minnesota with live hogtied coyote.

As winter brings snow, hound hunters bring blood onto the fields and forests of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other states where hunting coyotes with hounds is a proud tradition. Beginning in December, midwestern states host multiple coyote killing contests, capitalizing on most states not categorizing coyotes as a game animal worthy of a regulated kill season or bag limit. Instead, hound hunters, as well as trappers and predator callers are allowed to chase, capture, maim, torture and kill coyotes throughout the winter without any fear of legal reprisal.

But if you’re familiar with Wolf Patrol, you’ve read this all before, so instead let us show you what one day in the life of a coyote hound hunter looked like according to their own photo journaling they did on Facebook a few years ago in southern Minnesota. By the way, Dale Gravdal from Canby, Minnesota is friends with multiple hound hunters in northern Wisconsin whose hound hunting cruelty has also been exposed on this website.

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Here’s how Dale Gravdal’s coyote hunting went in November 2015…

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Gravdal’s hounds after a coyote.

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Gravdal’s hounds finding coyote den.

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Gravdal with hound entering coyote den.

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Gravdal’s hound pulling live coyote from den.

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Dragging coyote back to Gravdal’s hound truck.

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Gravdal’s Hounds attacking coyote.

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Gravdal’s hounds before drowning coyote.

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Pulling the dead coyote from the water.

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Gravdal’s hounds working on #6.

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Gravdal hound with ear torn by coyote in fight.

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Time for skinning.

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Gravdal’s killing crew November 2015

If you agree that hunting coyotes with hounds should not be allowed in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, please send an email asking forest officials to suspend organized predator killing contests in OUR national forests until a full scoping and environmental impact study on their affect is done.

Send your email to: cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

 

 

 

 

When it’s Winter in Wisconsin…Let the Coyote Killing Contests Begin

Wisconsin DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller recently told WXPR News in northern Wisconsin that wildlife killing contests like the planned KB Memorial Predator Hunt in Oconto County next week, are perfectly legal in the state of Wisconsin. The radio interview was in response to Wolf Patrol and other wildlife organization’s opposition to contests where prizes are awarded for the largest and smallest coyote, as well as the number of animals killed during the contests.

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WXPR reported that the Oconto County hunt was billed by the organizers as “Wisconsin’s biggest coyote hunting tournament” which is saying something for a state that hosts dozens of killing contests every winter. The KB Memorial Predator Hunt is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 19th and participants will be hunting with hounds in the surrounding Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and other public lands open to hunting.

December 20, 2018 WXPR story: “No Extra Regulations on Hunting Tournaments” http://www.wxpr.org/post/no-extra-state-regulations-hunting-tournaments#stream/0

Wolf Patrol’s opposition to the hunt is based on past events such as in January 2016, when illegal baits were discovered in use on national forest lands during a Argonne, Wisconsin predator killing contest. Since then, illegally killed wolves have been discovered just over the border with Michigan, and in 2018 there where five separate violent conflicts (fights) between hunting dogs chasing bears, coyotes and bobcats and gray wolves in the the planned contest area.

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Red dots= 2018 wolf/hunting dog fight, Blue dot= KB Memorial Predator Hunt HQ.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) officials have also stated to Wolf Patrol members that they do not require a special permit for wildlife killing contests on national forest lands, despite the fact that they have no knowledge of how many hunters will be participating, or that cash prizes are being offered for the largest coyote killed in federally protected gray wolf habitat in the CNNF.

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Captured coyote used as live decoy by Ryan Allbee in Wisconsin.

Wolf Patrol is also opposed to coyote killing contests because of the wanton waste and cruelty that has been discovered in recent years being committed by hound hunters in Wisconsin. Last Winter, Wolf Patrol published dozens of videos from hound hunters posted on Facebook revealing hunting hounds mauling, fighting and killing coyotes and other wildlife in Wisconsin. The videos resulted in a DNR criminal investigation, but to date only one hound hunter has been criminally charged.

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January 9, 2019 Eddie Snyder Facebook post.

The video accompanying this article was compiled from the Facebook pages of two Wisconsin hound hunters, Eddie Snyder and Ryan Allbee. Although the videos were made between 2012-17, recent evidence shows Allbee’s hounds attacking a cornered coyote and Snyder is currently organizing a coyote killing contest for mid-February in southern Wisconsin. These individuals are not “bad apples” they accurately represent the kind of cruelty that has become inherent in hunting coyotes with hounds all over the midwest and other states with no closed season or bag limit on coyotes.

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Chasing and catching, then chasing coyote again in Wisconsin.

Wolf Patrol is calling on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to prohibit Eddie Snyder from organizing any wildlife killing contests. We believe evidence available on his own Facebook account demonstrates criminal animal cruelty, and hunting methods contrary to DNR hunting regulations.

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From Eddie Snyder’s Facebook video January 2014.

Wolf Patrol is also continuing the call for email comments on coyote killing contests on our national forest lands. We believe a full review of the environmental impact caused by organized hunting contests on national forest lands and its impact on federally protected wildlife is in order before more contests should be allowed in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

SEND YOUR EMAIL OR LETTER TO WISCONSIN NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD (All members):

Laurie J. Ross, Board Liaison
Office of the Secretary
Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov
608-267-7420

PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

SEND YOUR EMAIL OR LETTER TO CHEQUAMEGON-NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST OFFICIALS:

          cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us
          500 Hanson Lake Road
          Rhinelander, WI 54501
          715-362-1300

 

Jailed Florida Poacher Trained Wisconsin Hunting Dogs for Local Hounders

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Bo Wood’s hound training services were popular in Wisconsin and other states he operated

It has come to light that the leader of a group of nine arrested and charged in Florida with multiple illegal bear hunting acts, had close ties to Wisconsin bear hunters and was a regular attendee to the annual Wisconsin Bear Hunters Asscoiation’s annual convention in Rothschild, Wisconsin.

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“Bear banquet” refers to Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association’s annual convention in late March of each year.

On December 19, 2018, William “Bo” Wood and eight others were arrested and charged with conspiracy, animal cruelty, illegal baiting and taking of black bear related to their private hunting dog training businesses which spanned multiple states including Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Virginia, Utah and New Mexico.

Training bear hunting dogs was the primary occupation for Bo Wood and William Landrum, and Facebook is full of their videos showing hunting hounds chasing and treeing bears with up to 16 dogs. Wood was also a hunting companion to many Wisconsin bear and bobcat hunters who were grateful to Wood for his training of their bear dogs.

 

Under the name, “Bayed Solid Kennels” Wood ran a hound training network that charged up to $750 for monthly dog training across state lines. Capitalizing on the varying bear hound training and hunting seasons across the country, Wood traveled almost year-round, often leaving his home in Lake Butler, Florida to train dogs during Wisconsin’s long summer bear hound training season which runs from July 1st until the beginning of September. Than Wood traveled to Utah, New Mexico where he also offered to guide hunters to trophy quality black bears.

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Wisconsin hound hunter client of the arrested Bo Wood and William Landrum

Wolf Patrol has long opposed Wisconsin’s lack of hound training and hunting regulations because it invites abuse, especially from non-resident’s like Wood who capitalize on the leniency offered by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources long hound hunting seasons. Not only are non-residents like Wood welcomed to train and hunt bear without any required license in Wisconsin, but as has been shown, Wood was actively training hunting hounds used to hunt bear in Wisconsin.

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Facebook post by Michigan guide outfitter operating in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with Bo Wood.

Wolf Patrol is calling on Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials to reign in the practices of bear hound training, hunting and baiting on our national forest lands, especially in areas where deadly conflicts between federally protected gray wolves and hunting dogs annually occur. In 2018, there were 24 fights between wolves and hunting dogs in Wisconsin, most occurring on CNNF forest lands.

Please send your email to:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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Bo Wood with Wisconsin hound hunters 2016.

9 Hound Hunters Arrested, Charged with Conspiracy, Animal Cruelty, Bear Baiting Violations in Florida

In March 2018, Wolf Patrol reported Bo Wood’s to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission after discovering his videos posted on Facebook. Authorities informed us that there was already an ongoing investigation into his and other hound hunting related illegal activity.

On December 19, 2018 Bo Woods and eight others were charged and arrested in Florida on counts of conspiracy to commit racketeering, animal cruelty, illegal baiting and the taking of a black bear.

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Bo Woods in Wisconsin with his local hunting buddies

While most of Bo Wood’s hound hunting activities took place in Florida, some such as that included in the above video, took place in Wisconsin. Wood regularly traveled between Florida and Wisconsin, where he transported hunting dogs to be trained, sometimes illegally.

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Bo Woods planning bobcat hunt in Wisconsin with Darrell Jonet

Wolf Patrol is opposed to hound hunting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest not only because of the cruelty it inflicts on black bears and hunting dogs, but also because of the violent fights that occur when hunting hounds are loosed in wolf territory. In 2018, there were 24 such fights between wolves and hunting dogs in Wisconsin.

Please send an email to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials asking that hound hunting for bears be immediately suspended and a full environmental impact made of its impact on our national forest lands:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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For more information on Bo Wood’s arrest, here’s the FWC news release:

https://myfwc.com/news/all-news/bear-investigation/

Wolf Patrol to Monitor Coyote & Bobcat Killing Contest in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

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(616) 914-4575 or (920) 723-2890

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 19, 2018: A citizen’s monitoring effort of a planned coyote killing contest has been announced by the group, Wolf Patrol which believes the contest will put federally protected gray wolves at risk. The “KB Memorial Predator Hunt” is scheduled for January 19, 2019 in national forest lands around Townsend, Wisconsin, where in 2018 there were five reported fights between wolves and hunting dogs. Contest organizers are offering prizes for the smallest, largest and most coyotes and bobcats killed on January 19th with participants allowed to use either predator calls or hunting hounds.

Wolf Patrol is a citizen’s group opposed to hunting practices that place federally protected wolves at risk. Since 2014, the group has monitored hound hunting activities in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where the coyote killing contest is scheduled to take place in January. “We are opposed to a contest to kill the largest coyote in federally protected gray wolf habitat.” says the group’s founder, Rod Coronado “Wildlife killing contests should not be allowed on national forest lands where the full impact to public trust resources has not been studied or reviewed.”

Wolf Patrol has asked Chequamegon-Nicolet National forest officials whether they will require contest organizers to apply for a Special Use Permit, which is required for commercial activities on national forest lands. The state of Wisconsin also requires a license to hold raffles, which have also been planned for the January coyote & bobcat killing contest, which is a memorial for a recently deceased hound hunter.

Wolf Patrol members will be in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest during the January contest with trail, video cameras and drones to watch for illegal hunting practices that are common during hound hunts for coyotes, when fights are known to occur. In March 2018, Wolf Patrol released a series of videos from northern Wisconsin hound hunters that led to a Department of Natural Resources criminal investigation into coyote hound hunting practices. In Wisconsin, it is illegal to allow hunting dogs to make contact or kill their intended prey, yet state law allows for year around coyote hunting with no bag limit.

The above mentioned videos are available on Wolf Patrol’s Vimeo site: https://vimeo.com/wolfpatrol

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Red= 2018 wolf/hunting dog conflict, Blue= Killing contest location