VIDEO: Day 4 of the campaign to end bear baiting & hound hunting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Yesterday morning while on patrol in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, bear hounders responded to Wolf Patrol’s presence by initiating a verbal confrontation which ended with their calling the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department. The deputy questioning us regarding our monitoring activities indicated that none of our activities were in violation of hunter harassment statutes in the state of Wisconsin, and advised us to notify the department if we witnessed any illegal activity from bear hunters during our campaign.

Wolf Patrol would like to thank the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department for recognizing our right to continue monitoring the atrocious practice of bear baiting and hound hunting on public lands in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Our campaign to end bear baiting and hound hunting in the CNF today led to 12 hound trucks, three sheriff’s cruisers, two bear baiter ATVs, and a DNR warden all recognizing (some less willing than others) that in this country, no consent is required to film on public lands; that our national forests belong to everyone, not just bear hunters; and that every citizen has a right to monitor activities that negatively impact wildlife on public lands. This Fall’s bear hunt monitoring project will culminate on September 26th as we celebrate National Public Lands Day in the Moquah Barrens. The public is welcome to join us.

If you believe the intentional feeding of bears to later kill them after running them down with dogs should be illegal in your national forests, please send your comments to the Forest Supervisor by Sept. 30th!

Lone Bear Hound Roaming Near Bear Bait Site

It’s not hard to imagine why so many bear hounds are killed by wolves when you see how often hunting dogs get separated from their pack and handlers. This morning we found this old hound hanging around a bear bait site in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near Drummond, which is active wolf territory. We got him watered and he was grateful and wanting into our truck! We stayed close with him until a hound hunter was able to retrieve him, for which he was grateful too, as this is how dogs like these bear hounds become wolf bait.

Video: Operation Wolf Patrol – Northern Wisconsin, Summer 2015

Our patrol team have headed out into the Wisconsin woods for the opening of hound hunting bear season this morning. Check out this rough cut of a short doc on Wolf Patrol’s patrol in WI earlier this summer!

Today marks the beginning of bear hounding season in WI and wolves are going to be impacted by the number of dogs on the ground.

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VIDEO: How to find a foothold trap

Wolf Patrol have been in Idaho recently and we want to show concerned citizens what they need to watch out for during trapping season. Many people go hiking with their pets, and you need to know what to look out for so that your pet does not get trapped and injured by one of these devices. Check out our new video that shows you how to find leg hold traps.

How Sheep Change Rivers

Each Summer thousands of sheep are released to freely graze public lands in wolf territory within the Sawtooth National Forest. This Summer, USDA’s Wildlife Services’ predator control activities virtually wiped out the entire Red Warrior pack which was blamed for killing two sheep and one cow calf, all with taxpayer funding so ranchers can graze their livestock on public lands. This video illustrates what the US Forest Service allows on our public lands, creating a situation where wildlife such as wolves are blamed for any livestock loss. Wild lands Defense and Wolf Patrol are opposed to the grazing of livestock on public lands.