This is just some of the evidence we have provided to Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division, clearly demonstrating that bear baiting sites regularly are used by deer and other wildlife. From the 2015 Bear Hunting Regulations: “Bait may be placed and used for the purpose of hunting bear or training bear dogs statewide, except that it is illegal for any person to place, use or hunt over bait placed for bears: beginning the day after the bear season closes and continuing through the following April 14th; in excess of 10 gallons of bait at any site; that is not totally enclosed in a hollow log, a hole in the ground or stump which is capped with logs, rocks, or other naturally occurring and unprocessed substances which prevent deer from accessing the material.”
This is what hound hunting bears from bait sites looks like. Notice the anti-wolf stickers on the truck. This hunt took place in 2012 in the same area we are actively patrolling right now.
This is the “sport” that results from bear baiting in Wisconsin. It is legal to bait bears beginning in mid-April, so by the time bear hunting season opens in September, bears have had four months to become habituated to bait stations. This video shows bear behavior at the bait site, with the kill shot in the last minute of the video…
We have reported illegal activity at bear bait stations to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, are in contact with US Fish & Wildlife Service law enforcement officers about recent threats made to wolves, and are beginning communications with the US Forest Service to begin the hopefully short road towards banning the practice of intentionally feeding bears on our national forest lands. Stay tuned for more ways on how you can be a part of this historic process! If you know of bear baiting locations in your area, especially those in wolf territory, please contact us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org (attn: Wildlife Crimes Division)
As the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association scrambles to defend their intentional feeding of public trust wildlife, here’s the facts from wildlife researchers.
In just one short week of investigations, Wolf Patrol has documented intentional feeding sites maintained by bear hunters throughout the Chequamegon National Forest. Many of these sites are being visited by wolves, deer, bobcats, raccoons and other wildlife, altering their natural behaviors solely for the interests of hunters intending to kill black bear.
One of dozens of bear baiting sites located throughout the Chequamegon National Forest. Wolf Patrol has documented numerous other species besides black bears visiting these sites. It’s our belief that the practice of bear baiting habituates native wildlife, including gray wolves, to alter their behavior to suit bear hunters. This is the first of a series of short videos we will be publishing.