4 Hunting Dogs Killed In Wisconsin

Wolves Kill 4 Dogs in Last Week

Wisconsin DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials stated that wolves are responsible for killing four hunting dogs in Clark, Ashland and Oneida counties last week. DNR Wildlife Biologist John Dunn said that the attacks happened when bear hunters started training their dogs and when dogs accidentally ran into a wolf den.

Wisconsin has more than 500 wolves that, under a court settlement, were just returned last month to federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. It remains illegal under federal law to kill a wolf in Wisconsin, except for federal trappers who kill wolves near where livestock or dogs have been killed. The dog owners will receive reimbursement from the state for the wolf-killed dogs, but for many this is a small consolation when faced with the loss of a cherished dog.

The DNR reminds hunters to avoid areas where wolves are known to concentrate, but says prevention of these types of accidents can be very difficult. The DNR lists areas to avoid at www.dnr.state.wi.us.

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