A typical hound hunting rig, fully equipped for monitoring bear hounds equipped with GPS collars. One of nine bear hunting trucks we’ve seen so far this morning…
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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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.
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.
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: email@example.com (attn: Wildlife Crimes Division)
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.