Out-of Compliant Bear Baiters Drinking & Driving, Littering and Threatening Wolf Patrol with Violence

Everyday since Wisconsin’s unregulated bear hound training season began on July 1, 2019, Wolf Patrol’s citizen monitors have uncovered bear baits used by hound hunters that are out-of-compliance with the minimal regulations required by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).

Wolf Patrol is calling on WDNR and the U.S. Forest Service to either require registration and a limit to the number of bear baits a hunter uses, or outright ban the practice on our national forest lands.

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Spreading misinformation on Facebook with the hope that it will lead to violence against Wolf Patrol members on July 2, 2019.

Wisconsin’s bear hunters are responding by spreading false information, telling hound hunters in the field that Wolf Patrol’s actions are criminal and going as far as publicizing the base camp of our citizen monitors in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Now tensions are rising in the northwoods as angry bear hunters encounter Wolf Patrol exercising our constitutional rights to monitor controversial hunting practices like bear baiting and hound training on our national forest lands.

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Drunken bear baiter wondering why he’s so stupid to be throwing beer cans at people with cameras on July 4, 2019.

On the evening of July 4th, bear hunters whose out-of-compliance baits had been reported to WDNR drove past Wolf Patrol’s base camp and threw a beer can at two members standing by the road. When we approached the hound hunters to ask that they stop drinking and driving, littering and trying to intimidate us, they threatened to physically beat us.

Wisconsin’s bear hunters have grown frustrated with Wolf Patrol’s exposure of their unethical and illegal hunting practices, and they are now willing to escalate to violence as a means to stop the only organization reporting Wisconsin bear hunting violations on national forest lands to state and federal authorities.

Please help reign in these entitled and violent prone bear hunters in Wisconsin’s national forests by expressing your dissatisfaction to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials by sending an email today to:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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One of the many bear baits Fernando Kennels operates out of compliance in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, July 3, 2019.

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It’s Time for WDNR to Require Registration & Limit for Bear Baits in Wisconsin!

It’s time for Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources to require registration and a limit on the number of bear baits hunters can use on our national forest lands. Every year, over 4 million gallons of food waste is dumped in northern Wisconsin to attract bears so hunters can chase and kill them. It’s even legal to feed black bears chocolate in Wisconsin, which is toxic to bears, wolves and other canines.

This Summer, Wolf Patrol is in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, documenting and reporting out-of-compliance to WDNR conservation officers. The first thing WDNR asks, is whether Wolf Patrol knows who is operating the bear baits in question. It takes valuable time away from conservation officers to have to simply identify who is responsible for a bear bait in Wisconsin, as there is currently no legal requirement for bear hunters to provide WDNR with the number or location of bear baits a hunter is using.

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Another out-of-compliance bear bait reported to WDNR by Wolf Patrol on July 3, 2019 in a 2018 WDNR Wolf Caution Area. 

A simple bait registration system such as that employed by Minnesota, would also create revenue that could in turn go towards the costs of policing Wisconsin bear baiting on national forest lands.

In the recently approved WDNR 20-year Bear Management Plan, mention is made 14 times of the lack of information available on the impact of baiting on Wisconsin’s black bear population. A registration system could also create the necessary funding for such research.

As long as WDNR does not require a limit on bear baits or registration of their location, to aid conservation officers in ensuring they are compliant, Wolf Patrol is asking that bear baiting be suspended in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

If you agree, let national forest officials know by sending an email to:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

RYAN ZAHN 10.06.16

Black bear killed with the aid of bear bait and hounds in northern Wisconsin 2016.

Wisconsin Bear Hunters Accuse Wolf Patrol of Harassment for Filming Illegal Activities

On July 2, 2019 while monitoring bear hunters illegally driving on the Nicolet Trail, (which is designated only for ATV’s & snowmobiles) a bear hunter operating legally, accused Wolf Patrol of harassment by filming the many hound hunters training dogs during Wisconsin’s bear hound training season.

This is not the first time Wolf Patrol has been told that filming hunters on public lands is illegal. But after five years of doing so, we have never been cited for hunter harassment or violating the unconstitutional “Right to Hunt Act.” The law was passed in 2016 in order to curtail citizen monitoring of controversial hunting practices like bear baiting & hound training in known wolf country where multiple bear hounds have been previously killed by wolves.

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Out-of-Compliance bear bait discovered in 2018 WDNR Wolf Caution Area July 3, 2019.

The bear hunter featured in this video was later informed by law enforcement that Wolf Patrol does indeed have the right to film bear hunters on public lands, and has the same right as bear hunters to use national forest lands. He contacted Wolf Patrol’s founder, Rod Coronado to personally apologize and to acknowledge our rights to film bear hunters in Wisconsin.

This latest incident is the result of groups like the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and Gresham Bear Hunters who refuse to recognize the constitutional rights of opponents of bear hunting by continuing to misinform their supporters that it is illegal to film hunters in Wisconsin.

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July 1, 2019 Facebook post dessiminating false information in order to create conflict between hound hunters and Wolf Patrol members in the field.

 

Rest assured, Wolf Patrol knows their rights and we intend to continue monitoring bear hunters in Wisconsin during the entirety of bear hound training season. Last year, 19 bear hounds were killed or injured when they were being trained to chase bears in northern Wisconsin.

If you believe bear baiting & hound training in your national forest is the problem, not native wildlife or advocates opposed to these practices, please share your concerns with Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials by emailing them at:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

RYAN ZAHN

Large bear bayed by hunting hounds in northern Wisconsin July 2, 2019.

 

Nonresident Bear Hunters Running Hounds in Wisconsin Wolf Territory

Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that pays hound hunters $2,500.00 if their dogs are killed by wolves when released during the Summer bear hound training season. This rule includes nonresidents, who flock to Wisconsin every July to teach their young dogs to chase bears in the state that also does not require any kind of license or permit to bait bears or train hounds to chase them.

Last year, nineteen bear hounds were killed or injured during Wisconsin’s bear hound training season, with even more killed during the actual bear hunting season in September and October. Many hound hunters operating during bear hound training season are training young hounds, some only 6-months old. These dogs do not stand a chance in any encounter with territorial wolves who are fiercely protective of their own young pups in Summer months.

Wolf Patrol is against the practice of baiting bears so hunters can chase and later kill them. We are also opposed to bear hound training in known wolf territory. Its time to call on Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials to ban these practices in our national forests.

In addition, nonresidents like the hound hunters featured in this video from Tennessee should be required to have a license and register the location of their bear baits so conservation officers can ensure they are compliant with state regulations.

If you agree with Wolf Patrol, please send your email to forest officials at:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

RYAN ZUHN 07.02.19

Bear cornered by hounds during Wisconsin’s bear hound training season on July 2, 2019. Photo shared on Facebook by Ryan Zahn

First Day of Bear Hound Training Season…First Illegal Bear Bait Reported

Today marks the beginning of Wisconsin’s bear hound training season and Wolf Patrol is in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, in Forest County, where last year there were 5 reported depredations of bear hunting hounds by federally protected gray wolves.

Wisconsin’s minimally regulated bear baiting practices allow anyone to dump food waste to attract black bears, so hound hunters can release their dogs to follow their scent. That is when the loose hounds trespass gray wolf territory resulting in deadly conflicts.

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Out of compliance bear bait discovered on 07/01/19.

This is the first, but surely not the last bear bait Wolf Patrol has discovered to be out of compliance with even the state’s most minimal regulations which require that all bear bait be enclosed in a log or other natural device in order to prevent other animals from feeding at the site.

Once again, Wisconsin’s bear hunters are proving to be irresponsible with bear baiting practices which is why Wolf Patrol believes the practice should no longer be allowed on our national forest lands.

If you agree, please email Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials and request that feeding black bears so hound hunters can chase them be made illegal on Wisconsin’s national forests!

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

 

Wisconsin’s Deadly Bear Hound Training Season Has Begun…

Every Summer, thousands of hounds are released across northern Wisconsin to chase bears. The bear hound training season runs until the end of August and is the cause of many deadly conflicts between bear hounds and gray wolves.

Bear hound training and bear baiting go hand in hand, and in Wisconsin, there is no limit to the number of bear baits a hunter can use, no license or registration required. Bear hound training and baiting is the cause for an estimated 18 fights between wolves and hunting hounds, as more and more hounds are allowed to chase bears in Wisconsin.

This video was compiled from bear hound training practices that have already begun on the Mole Lake Indian Reservation, where the practices are legal. Wolf Patrol was first informed of the hunting practices of Justin Garrow after he posted a photo on Facebook in March 2019 of his hunting hounds fighting a coyote, which is illegal.

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Animal cruelty shared by Justin Garrow on Facebook, March 28, 2019.

If you agree that bear baiting and hound training in Wisconsin wolf country is a recipe for disaster, please send your comments to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials at:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

A Slideshow of Wolf Patrol’s Monitoring of Wisconsin’s Bear Hound Training Season 2015-2017

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Wolf Patrol monitors controversial bear hunting practices in Wisconsin’s national forests like running hounds and operating unregistered bait stations in active wolf caution areas. Since 2015, our citizen monitors have investigated, documented and reported out of compliance bear baits and other violations of hunting regulations.

Only in Wisconsin are hound hunters paid $2,500 when their hounds are killed by wolves defending young pups who’ve recently left their dens. No one knows how many wolves are injured or killed by the thousands of bear hunting hounds that are allowed to trespass federally protected gray wolf territory during the state sanctioned bear hound training season that begins in July.

But we do know there will be more bear hound/wolf fights and deaths. In Wisconsin, dozens of hunting dogs are killed annually with the vast majority of depredations occurring in the summer months when wolves are especially territorial because of their offspring.

That is when Wisconsin’s bear hound training season begins. No license is required and even non-residents can bring their hunting hounds into the state to chase bears all summer long. It is also legal for anyone associated with an actual bear hunter to dump thousands of gallons of oil and food waste on public lands in Wisconsin to attract bears.

Wolf Patrol is asking national forest officials to do something about these out-of-control practices that cause deadly conflicts with wolves and other wildlife. The state’s Department of Natural Resources won’t, so we are asking US Forest officials to reign in these practices on national forest lands.

If you also think Wisconsin’s hound hunters need to be kept in check, please consider joining our kind-of-respectful campaign to end these practices in our Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest!

You can send your comments to US Forest Service officials at:

cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

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