195 Coyotes & Foxes Killed in Michigan’s Largest Wildlife Killing Contest

On January 26th, 2020, Michigan’s largest wildlife killing contest, the 7th Annual Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge ended in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The two-day Coyote and fox killing contest awarded over $4,000 in cash and prizes to the top teams in the competition. Over 160 teams competed, with the winning team bringing in 13 coyotes. The second place winners brought in 10 coyotes and 3 foxes.


And to think that predator hunters think they are helping our ecosystems! Let Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission know such thinking isn’t wildlife management, its the wanton waste of wildlife for money and prizes. Kalamazoo, Michigan January 26, 2020.


The above video is comprised of videos shared on Facebook by various contestants participating in this year’s contest. Although 195 coyotes and foxes were registered in this killing contest, that number does not include the wounded animals that were not recovered after being shot at night with the aid of night vision and thermal imaging scopes.


“Runners’ refers to wounded animals that run off to die a painful death and are never recovered.

One contestant, Top Ten Percent Predator Control stated, “Only ended up with 6 coyotes after a few runners, and a few misses…” The term, “runners” refers to animals that are shot but able to run away to later die a slow and agonizing death.


GLRPC Contestant’s “Team Lethal Intent” were winners at this year’s coyote & fox killing contest in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 26, 2020.

The Great Lakes Regional Predator Challenge is one of over 50 wildlife killing contests taking place in Michigan this winter, and but one of hundreds taking place all across America. While this particular killing contest’s participants only hunted with              high-powered rifles at night, many other contests include the use of hounds which often fight and kill animals in these contests.


Please send an email to Michigan’s Natural Resources Committee and let them know that no state wildlife agency should endorse the awarding of cash and prizes to those who kill the most public trust wildlife.

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One of 195 coyotes killed in this past weekend during the Great Lakes region Predator Challenge in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Three years ago state lawmakers allowed the use of high-powered rifles and night vision to be used to hunt predators at night. Michigan DNR was opposed to the change because of the human safety factor of firing bullets that can travel miles past their target.

Let New York’s Dept of Environmental Conservation Know Hunting Coyotes with Hounds is Legalized Dog-Fighting

Yesterday, Wolf Patrol reported on the widespread cruelty and abuse associated with the barbaric sport of hunting coyotes with hounds, which is at it’s peak right now in winter across many American states including New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Illinios and Indiana.


New York hound hunter Dennis Eacott Jr.’s submission to the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

The following videos and photos were found on New York hound hunter, Dennis Eacott’s public Facebook page and illustrate how comfortable coyote hunters have become with engaging in what can only be called legalized dog-fighting.

Another victim of Dennis Eacott’s hounds, driven into the water to either drown or be mauled to death. Such practices should be condemned and reported, not hidden and denied.

Eacott was just one of dozens of coyote hound hunters sharing their cruelty on private Facebook pages like, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.” And since their public exposure, angry hound hunters have not called for an end to the often illegal abuse. They are once again saying that they all know it happens, let’s just not post about it on Facebook.

Shared by hound hunter, Butch Fulkner on the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.”

Hound hunters and those participating in coyote killing contests recognize that they are their own worst enemy when it comes to sharing cruelty on social media. All that Facebook has done is give the rest of the world a window into the brutal sport of hound hunting that they have always been supportive of.

Hounder Luke Klingshirn’s idea of a good time. Shared on the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.”

Ethical hunters and sportspeople should call for the suspension of hunting privileges for known abusers like Eacott, rather than call on each other to not post graphic videos and photos on Facebook. Protecting illegal hunting activity is the same as promoting it and it’s time those who engage in such activity are punished the same as other illegal dog-fighters.

Coyote hunter, Cory Lambert’s submission to “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” private Facebook page.

They all know it happens on a regular basis, they just don’t want you to know it. It’s time to let those in charge of this country’s public trust wildlife that we will not stand by as animal abusers and dog-fighters masquerade as legal recreational hunters.

New York hound hunter. Dennis Eacott Jr.’s allowing his dogs to fight a exhausted and injured coyote in upstate New York.

Killing coyotes with dogs isn’t a sport that any state wildlife agency should endorse.

Please send a polite email to New York’s Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation to let him you it’s time to end the state’s legal dog-fighting season known as hunting coyotes with hounds.






Hound hunter Wade Norman’s submission to private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest in January 2020.


Many Coyote Killing Contests Allow the Use of Hounds Trained to Fight

As wildlife killing contest season continues across America, many more competitions are scheduled that allow the use of hunting dogs to chase, corner and kill coyotes. Many states like Wisconsin and Michigan prohibit the allowance of dogs to fight, main or kill their prey, but the practice is still widespread as recent evidence uncovered by Wolf Patrol reveals.

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A February 2020 coyote killing contest featuring a common photo accompanying posts on the Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.”

In early January 2020, the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” held a cover photo contest, asking for “tasteful” submissions of photos from hound hunters across the country who enjoy the sport of hunting coyotes with the aid of hunting dogs.


Ohio hound hunter, Trent Livingston’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Every photo in this article is from the Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” and gives you an idea of the level of dog-fighting and cruelty involved with each hound hunt for an animal that cannot escape the pursuit of dogs.


Michigan hound hunter, Bailey Witherspoon’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Many coyote hunters use the term “stretching” to describe their hunting dogs ability to literally bite, attack, and tear apart live prey. It is not a term used disparagingly, rather one used with pride, to describe the hunting ability strived for when training dogs to pursue coyotes.


Remember, most hound hunts for coyote take place in winter when water temperatures are near or below freezing. Still, many hound hunters allow their dogs to attack coyotes who have retreated into freezing waters to escape being torn apart by a pack of hounds.


Illinois hound hunter, Chris Malick’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

This weekend will be like every other after deer hunting season has closed and hound hunting for coyotes has begun. In addition to the hundreds of individuals aiming to eradicate local coyote populations with the aid of electronic callers, assault rifles with thermal imaging scopes and bait, there will also be armies of houndsmen out with packs of dogs harassing and hunting the very same populations of wild animals.


Missouri hound hunter, Caleb Gant’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Many hound hunters will be participating in various coyote killing contests scheduled for coming weekends in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania where cash and prizes will be awarded for the hound hunters with the most coyotes (and often bobcats and fox) killed.

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Two of the many coyote killing contests taking place across America this coming weekend.

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Whether its the use of satellite tracked hounds or thermal imaging equipment designed for law enforcement and wartime, coyote killing contests and the people who love them are as far away from good sportsmanship and a conservation ethic as a hunter can get. Since when did it become sporting to encourage your hunting dogs to fight wildlife and then brag about it on social media?


Private Facebook pages like “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” are a breeding ground for unethical hunters who encourage each other to break the law, just don’t post about it. Yet, all of Wolf Patrol’s evidence of animal abuse committed by hound hunters this winter isn’t the result of painstaking investigations in the field, it’s gathered by simply scrolling through our multiple undercover accounts we maintain on multiple private Facebook groups that we’ve discovered are guilty of violating hunting regulations in multiple states.


From a January 19, 2020 Facebook post on “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” by Wisconsin hounder, wild animal abuser, Wisconsin Bear Hunter Association member (see bumpersticker), and suspected wolf poacher (see other bumpersticker) Al Novinska.

The degradation of recreational sport hunting into a culture of straight up animal abuse is something predator hunters are proud of and not afraid of defending despite the negative reflection it casts on every ethical hunter simply trying to feed their families with the animals they choose to hunt. Predator hunters have no interest in eating what they kill, only using the animals to win prize money or make money selling their fur on the international fur market.


The winning photo of “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest, by Ohio hounder, Chad Peck. Many pursuing hounds will corner coyotes in culverts like the one above, where they must await death by gun or slow mauling.

It’s time to put an end to animal abuse disguised as legitimate hunting. Nowhere is this more evident then in the pursuit of coyotes, bobcats and fox by predator hunters equipped with either high tech night vision gear or packs of bloodthirsty hounds.


Wisconsin Hounder Nicholas Langhals submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Join Wolf Patrol in calling for an end to wildlife killing contests nationwide. Nowhere in the nation is there room for this kind of hunting, especially when it is encouraged with the awarding of cash and prizes for the most or smallest animals killed.


Minnesota hounder, Nate Kozulla’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Call your state wildlife agency today to find out whether hunting coyotes with hounds or wildlife killing contests are legal in your own home state. If they are, start asking questions about how you can testify or write letters to those in charge about getting them stopped. If ethical hunters won’t call out others for their illegality and abuse, then its up to people like us to stop them.


New York hounder, Dennis Eacott Jr.’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Coyote Hunting with Hounds is Legalized Dog-Fighting!

End Wildlife Killing Contests Everywhere


Michigan hounder Cory Ellison’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

850 Coyotes and Foxes Killed in 2-Day Multi-State Wildlife Killing Contest


One of two trailers overloaded with dead coyotes at the 2020 Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship in Wyethville, Virginia on January 19, 2020.

While states like Vermont and Massachusetts have recently acted to ban coyote killing contests, many states in the Northeast have seen a growth in wildlife killing competitions. Most competition-killers who participate in these contests argue that they are responding to the expansion of coyotes into parts of the country where they never existed before. But the expansion of native predators east of the Mississippi is anything but an invasion. States like New York have seen coyotes and other predators expand into remaining available habitat, left in the wake of eradication of larger apex predators like wolves, mountain lions and lynx.

And while most eastern state’s wildlife agencies recognize the ecological worth of coyotes and know that they are here to stay, many predator hunters are still taking full advantage of the hysteria caused in the media when there is the odd coyote attack on livestock, pets or even people. Responding to fear, not science, many private landowners are allowing more and more predator hunters onto their lands with the aim of total extermination of coyotes and foxes.

Add in thousands of dollars in prize money for the most coyotes and/or foxes killed over one weekend, and you have the 2020 Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship (EUSPCC) which this January drew hundreds of hunters from almost every state east of the Mississippi.


One of the 213 teams competing in this year’s Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship.

Every one of the 213 teams competing in this year’s EUSPCC contest was desperate to kill as many coyotes and foxes as they could, with not a thought to the ecological impact of their actions. These weren’t hunters chasing predators responsible for recent livestock depredations or attacks on children, these killing contests encourage the killing of every coyote and fox encountered, with no regard for the vital role any of these animals play in a healthy ecosystem.

When I was a child, I read a book called “Don Coyote” about a livestock farmer who realized after eradicating as many predators as he could in the last century, that his actions came back on him ten-fold. Population explosions of rodents that decimated his crops, disease that affected desired game, the wholesale slaughter of predators was realized to be a huge mistake.


One night’s work during the 2020 EUSPCC.

Now we live in a time when USDA coyote researchers and many other scientist have discovered that coyotes and other predators respond to high mortality by increasing pup production. Rather than removing a predator problem, most predator hunters competing in wildlife killing contests are contributing to the very situation they claim to be against, the growth and expansion of coyotes.

This past weekend saw a gathering of hundreds of predator hunters from multiple eastern states, converging near a truck stop in Wyetheville, Virginia. With trucks laden with the dozens of dead coyotes and foxes each team was able to kill between Friday, January 17-19th, the hunters waited their turn to register their kills at this year’s EUSPCC.

Over $35,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the winners of this year’s killing contest, with firearms, electronic callers, night-vision & thermal imaging gear also handed out to the hunters with the largest, smallest or most animals killed.

I became aware of this particular coyote & fox killing contest while investigating the cruel and unethical predator hunting practices of an individual in my own home state of Michigan. It didn’t take long to realize that predator hunters like George Widmaier and his friends aren’t the kind of people simply trying to put meat on the table, these are men who take pleasure in killing, not to mention the chance of being rewarded prize money for their cruelty and efficiency at predator removal.

George and his friends were ditching out on the many smaller coyote and fox killing contests taking place in their home states of Michigan and Indiana, and headed to the EUSPCC, so I followed and this is what I learned:


Like most coyote and fox killing contests, the EUSPCC pays out cash for the smallest as well as largest predator taken. This practice encourages the killing of young and cubs, which some of this year’s EUSPCC winners with MFK Game Calls are proudly guilty of doing.


Photo shared on MFK Game Calls Facebook page.

This year’s EUSPCC gave the added incentive of a free assault rifle for killing the smallest coyote. The prize went to a team checking in a 17.5lb coyote. The prize for the largest coyote killed went to a team registering a 44.9lb animal.


As the EUSPCC killing contest came to an end on Sunday, over 100 trucks laden with dead coyotes and foxes began to line up for the weigh in back in Wyetheville, Virginia. Over 213 teams of mostly three people were registered, while just over a hundred made it to the final weigh-in.


Many predator hunters couldn’t wait to get inside before taking photos to share on social media. These predator hunters took 13th place at the EUSPCC with 14 coyotes killed.


Once inside, contestants weighed their animals, or at least those that were considered eligible for either being the largest or smallest. Many hunters complained that their kills were never weighed, with the organizers responding that in order to weigh every single coyote and fox killed they would have had to stay there the entire night.




The EUSPCC winners for the most red fox killed in two days east of the Mississippi, went to a team that came in with 82 foxes. They took home $1,000 in cash and a new electronic game caller.


A runner-up for the most red foxes killed during the EUSPCC went to a team bringing in 55 more foxes. Once again, these are hunters out for the highest body count, not after problem animals that are killing livestock or threatening humans in any way.


After weigh-in, the dead coyotes and foxes were loaded onto trailers. The final tally was over 850 coyotes and foxes killed with coyotes taking the majority hit at 569 animals.




As the EUSPCC came to an end, predator hunters began bragging on Facebook about the one’s that got away. In this Facebook post by the Virginia Sportsmen and Predator Hunters, the contest participant mentions five animals that were shot but never recovered, including one fox that was dragging her intestines as she ran away to die.


The statistics as weigh-in was closing.


3rd Place EUSPCC winners with 14 coyotes killed.


Graphic evidence of the cruelty and gore involved and enjoyed by competition-killers during the ESPCC and other killing contest is readily available on Facebook once the money and prizes had been awarded. We are including a video from one of the contestant’s Facebook pages that shows how most predator hunters are able to kill multiple animals in one night: electronic game calls, bait piles, high-powered rifles with thermal imaging scopes and no conscience.

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Henry Fur Stackers and participants in the 2020 EUSPCC. If you missed it, don’t worry the organizers have announced that they will be holding another killing competition this coming March.


Whether you live in a state that sanctions wildlife killing contests or not, it’s time for all people, including ethical hunters and sportspeople to come out against the wanton waste of wildlife and cruelty associated with coyote, fox and bobcat killing contests. Such wholesale eradication of predators for cash and prizes is anything but science-based wildlife management.


Please join Wolf Patrol in registering your disapproval for wildlife killing contests. Write letters to your local newspaper, boycott businesses that sponsor such events and start attending your home state’s wildlife agency meetings to remind those managing public trust wildlife that killing should never be a contest.


You can help Wolf Patrol continue monitoring wildlife killing contests this winter by making a tax-deductible contribution today! We are a handful of citizens using our own time and vehicles to patrol and monitor coyote killing contests where they occur. Help keep us both in the field and online, reminding this nation’s predator hunters that their actions will not be ignored. For the Coyote, Fox, Bobcat & Wolf Nation, we thank you for visiting our site and spreading the word about these disgusting contests!


Or click on the PayPal link at the top right of the page!

Michigan’s Wildlife Killing Contests Reward Animal Abusers Like This…

In, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and many other states, right now is coyote killing contest season. Once deer season has ended, many predator hunters take to the field, killing as many coyotes as they can with the use of electronic callers, night vision and assault-style rifles with thermal imaging scopes.


George Wiidmaier confirming a kill in Michigan’s Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge in January 2019.

In Michigan, only since 2017 have the weapons predator hunters use today been allowed to legally hunt coyotes at night. Previously, predator hunters were limited to using shotguns or .22 calibre rimfire rifles. Now they’re able to use centerfire ammunition and rifless up to .269 caliber, a big benefit when trying to shoot coyotes more than 100 yards away.


More coyotes means more money in Michigan’s coyote killing contests which are held from January until March across the state.

Like many modern predator hunters, George Witmaier has killed over a 100 coyotes with the aid of his electronic callers and high-powered rifles with night vision and thermal imaging scopes. All of these videos are shared publicly on Facebook, and represent just one of the many individuals who attend and economically benefit from coyote killing contests which are held every winter in Michigan, and across America.


This isn’t wildlife management, it’s unregulated and ecologically irresponsible killing for fun and profit.

Five states have already banned coyote killing contests, recognizing that unregulated and commercial killing of predators only creates more problems than it solves. In the midwest and eastern states, coyotes have filled the ecological niche left after wolf eradication in the last century. Most states now recognize the eastern coyote as a hybrid blend of coyote, wolf and domestic dog, and as a functioning member of the ecosystem.


In 2019, George Widmaier won $1,600 at the Dog Down Coyote Tournament. This year’s contest he’s hoping for 1st Place. Most of Michigan’s wildlife killing contests are organized on Facebook.

Still many states like Michigan encourage the wholesale slaughter of coyotes, fox and bobcats and even the state’s governor appointed Natural Resources Commission endorses killing contests with cash rewards given to those who kill the most public trust wildlife.


If you agree that it’s time to end these barbaric and cruel contests that encourage and reward the mistreatment and disrespect of wildlife, please send a polite email to Michigan’s Natural Resources Board asking that they ban coyote and other wildlife killing contests immediately.


More confirmed kills for the Luzerne Predator Round-Up in 2019.

And tell your friends not to visit Michigan or drink beer from a state where the killing of wildlife is celebrated and sadists like George Witmaier are rewarded!




A good night’s work for George Widmaier during a Michigan coyote killing contest in 2018.

Coyote, Fox & Bobcat Killing Contests Happening in Many States Right Now

Coyote killing contests in America are growing. As the growth and expansion of coyotes continues, filling an ecological niche left after the eradication of larger native predators in the country, like wolves and cougars, most states in the country allow legal hunting of coyotes year around with no season or bag limit.


Many farmers and landowners invite predator hunters to eliminate local predator populations, believing their lives are better without coyotes. But are they? What about the land? What about the ecological communities that depends on a healthy predator/prey relationship to keep in check rodents and other animals that can negatively affect humans and our American ecosystems?


The wanton waste of wildlife that coyote and other wildlife killing contests encourage is not in line with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation or any ethical sportsperson’s agenda, and it most certainly should not be in line with any state’s wildlife agency, committed to preventing the kind of wanton waste of wildlife common in coyote and other wildlife killing contests.


Don’t get angry, get organized. Contact your state’s wildlife agency and let them know that you do not support the awarding of cash and prizes to those who kill the most of our public trust wildlife. Wildlife killing contests encourage unethical and cruel treatment of coyotes and other wildlife and should not be supported by any ethical hunter or sportsperson.

End Coyote & Wildlife Killing Contests Everywhere!

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The Death of A Grey Fox

Thousands of grey foxes are killed every winter, with hunters using assault rifles with thermal scopes, electronic calls, traps and poison. All perfectly legal and allowed by most state wildlife agencies in the country. The problem is, animals like grey fox actually perform an important function in any healthy ecosystem, controlling and eradicating small rodents that might otherwise damage agricultural crops or spread disease.

This past weekend was no different from any other, for animals like coyotes and grey foxes, who must contend not only with the harsh winter conditions, but also now with humans out for cash and prizes for killing the most members of their species.

This grey fox was caught and killed in a legal trap. We wanted you to see what the trapper wanted his friends on Facebook to see.



Wisconsin’s Hound Hunters Now Chasing Bobcats and Coyotes for Killing Contests and Just Plain Fun

It’s that time of year again. When Wisconsin’s hound hunters who were responsible for twenty-one deadly conflicts between federally protected wolves and their hunting dogs in this year alone, now begin chasing and killing other wildlife across Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and other public lands.

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Carl Bailey III’s December 13, 2019 Facebook post about his hound hunting season for bobcat, coyote or whatever his dog’s come across just beginning.


Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) hunting regulations allow resident and non-resident hound hunters to chase and kill coyotes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no limit on the number they are allowed to kill. Hunting bobcats in Wisconsin requires a tag, but only to kill a cat, not chase one.


One of Ross McVey’s hounds fighting with a cornered coyote in northern Wisconsin on January 4, 2016.

Much like Wisconsin’s liberal bear hunting regulations, which allow any hound hunters to chase bears (but not kill them) from July until the kill season in September, WDNR regulations allow hound hunters to chase and kill bobcats from mid-October until the end of January.


Winners at last year’s coyote killing contest hosted by the Hitchin’ Post bar in Wilton, Wisconsin. Next month, on January 25, 2020 the bar will again offer cash prizes for the largest and smallest coyote killed during the event.

Both WDNR & the U.S. Forest Service allow hound hunters and others to participate in coyote and bobcat killing contests on Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and other public lands. In addition, both agencies allow coyote, bobcat and other furbearers killed legally to be sold on the international fur market for profit.


Last year’s coyote contest offered cash and GPS tracking collars for hunting hounds as a prize.

Because of Wisconsin’s liberal hound hunting regulations, many hound hunters are able to run their dogs across our national forest lands year-round. In Spring its raccoons, all Summer and early Fall its bears, and then in Winter its coyotes and bobcats that are legally chased and killed with the aid of hounds in Wisconsin.


Wisconsin hunter Ross McVey’s hound holds a coyote in icy river water on January 4, 2017.

As has been documented and reported by Wolf Patrol annually, many hound hunters in Wisconsin who corner their prey on the ground after miles of being chased through the snow, allow their dogs to fight, maul and kill their prey, which is illegal.


Both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service allow this kind of hound hunting all winter long in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests and other public lands in Wisconsin. Photo from Ross McVey’s Facebook page.


All of the video and photos accompanying this article were shared by Wisconsin hound hunters and on public and private Facebook pages and groups. These photos are not the exception in hound hunting, but the rule.


From the Facebook page of Wisconsin hound hunter Ross McVey.

Some Wisconsin hound hunters like Carl Bailey III claim they train their dogs to “bay not bite” their chased prey, but most of these hound hunts occur when loose dogs are miles from their handlers, cornering prey for extended periods of time until humans can reach their dogs and put them on leashes. Often in winter, coyotes and bobcats are forced to retreat into the icy waters which Wolf Patrol has documented already occurring this winter in northern Wisconsin.


From Ross McVey & Carl Bailey III’s hound hunt on December 7, 2019.

It’s time to restrict hound hunting on Wisconsin’s national forest lands and end competitive contests offering cash and prizes for coyotes and bobcats killed. Chasing wildlife throughout the winter months should not be considered a legal or ethical hunting practice anywhere in our national forests, especially in federally protected gray wolf habitat where there is a history of conflicts between hound hunters and territorial wolves.


From one of Ross McVey’s winter hunts in February 2016.

Please join Wolf Patrol in calling on WDNR & the U.S. Forest Service to address the lack of regulations governing hound hunting on Wisconsin’s national forest and other public lands by sending an email today to public land managers and contributing to Wolf Patrol’s campaign to end hound hunting and wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin.


Coyotes killed in a January 2019 killing contest organized by Wisconsin hound hunter Carl Bailey III in Forest County, Wisconsin.



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Each winter Wolf Patrol members investigate, infiltrate, document and report on coyote and bobcat killing contest taking place across Wisconsin.

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19th Bear Hound & Wolf Fight Reported in Wisconsin and WDNR & US Forest Officials Still Support Unlimited Bear Baiting


On 9/10/19, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed wolves depredated a Plott trailing hound in the Town of Georgetown, Price County, Wisconsin. This latest incident brings the total body count since bear hound training season began in July to 21 hounds killed and one injured. Bear hunting with hounds is responsible for five hound and wolf fights in Price County this year. Depredations occur when hound hunters run dogs where bear baiting activities has also attracted wolves.

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09/08/19 Bryan Catlin’s Facebook post about wolf attack on his hounds and other public lands bear baiters who destroyed his bait.

In Forest County, Wisconsin where five deadly wolf/hound fights have been reported on national forest lands, many bear hunters are reporting wolves visiting their bait sites and hunting their hounds. On August 22, in nearby Marinette County, hound hunters fired on wolves they claim were trying to attack them after killing one of their hounds (the Endangered Species Act only allows wolves to be killed if they are threatening your life, not a dog’s.) Wolves will also defend summer rendezvous areas especially while their young pups are still vulnerable.

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Ty Belland’s account of the depredation of his bear hound, Sparky on 008/22/19.

With three more weeks of bear hunting with hounds left in Wisconsin’s bear season, many more deadly clashes between hounds and federally protected gray wolves are certain to occur, many in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where over a dozen have already occurred. Yet, Wisconsin’s bear hunters continue running their dogs in Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Wolf Caution Areas which are designated once a depredation of a hunting hound has occurred.

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Three more weeks of bear hunting with hounds = many more bear hound/wolf fights.

Wisconsin’s policy of compensating hound hunters up to $2,500.00 for each hound killed by wolves may be contributing to the careless running of hounds in caution areas where hounds have already been killed. The state program even allows for payouts to known wildlife violators including hound hunters who were running their dogs illegally.


Wisconsin hound ready to be thrown to the wolves…for $2,500.00.

Wisconsin is also the only state in the nation that allows unlicensed, unregistered and unlimited baiting of bears for the purposes of hunting. A WDNR survey in 2014 estimated that over 4 million gallons of food waste, grease and oil is dumped in Wisconsin each year to attract bears, many so hound hunters can then chase them. WDNR and the US Forest Service even allow chocolate to be used as bear bait though its been proven to be toxic to bears and wolves and was recently banned in neighboring Michigan.


Forest County bear hound during Wisconsin’s 2019 bear kill season.

All, so bear hunters can shoot bears out of trees after chasing them for miles. In Wisconsin’s national forests and other public lands, resident and nonresident hound hunters have been baiting and chasing bears for over two months and now is the time for the kill. Only its not just bears that are dying, but wolves and hounds too. Its time state and national forest managers do something to stop the preventable conflict between bear hounds and federally protected wolves before more animals have to die. 

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Aaron Hamann’s September 10, 2019 Facebook post about the second hound he’s had killed by bears, not wolves this year. 


If you agree that practices like running packs of dogs through known wolf caution areas and the unlimited & unregistered baiting of bears with human food waste including chocolate which is toxic to bears and wolves should be banned in our national forests, please let officials know!


A decal seen on a Forest County, Wisconsin hound hunter’s truck


Send emails to:

US Forest Service: cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us


WDNR Secretary Preston Cole:


Wolf Patrol Continues Monitoring Bear Hunting Where Wolves Have Killed Five Hounds Already

September 8, 2019:

Reports are just coming in for the number of bear hounds killed this weekend during Wisconsin’s bear hunt which began on September 4th. So far, 18 bear hounds have been killed by wolves since the state’s two-month hound training and bear baiting season began on July 1st. The actual kill season runs until October 8th.

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Four WDNR Wolf Caution Areas overlapping, but bear hunters are still running their hounds where four have already been killed.

The latest depredation which resulted in an injury, not death of a bear hunting hound, took place on September 6, 2019 in Polk County, Wisconsin. This was the 17th bear hound and federally protected gray wolf fight reported since July 2019 and there’s still an entire month of bear hunting in northern Wisconsin wolf territory.

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The 17th bear hound and gray wolf fight since July 2019. One more month of depredations still to come.

Wolf Patrol visited multiple Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Wolf Caution Areas in Marinette and Forest County where wolves have killed more bear hounds this year than any other area of the state. Wisconsin’s allowance of unlimited and unregistered bear baiting sites, many on national forest lands, has led to not only bears being conditioned to visiting bait sites, but wolves as well.

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Don’t worry, thats just bear blood covering Ratt Dicks’ hounds legs on September 6, 2019.

Now it appears wolves are also becoming conditioned to defending these feeding sites as well as their own territory by killing not only hunting hounds, but any dog. It’s time the WDNR & US Forest Service do something to restrict and limit bear baiting and hound running in WDNR Wolf Caution Areas once any dog or hunting hound is killed.


Free bear bait being offered on Facebook to a Wisconsin bear hunters Facebook page on September 5, 2019. 

Please email WDNR & USFS officials asking for immediate action before more hounds and wolves have to fight to their deaths!

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest:


WDNR Secratary:



How to Hunt Bears in Wisconsin: “Dump thousands of gallons of bait on national forest lands, train dogs to chase fed bears up a tree, then shoot.” Another successful Wisconsin hound hunter on September 7, 2019.