Number Of WI Hunting Dogs Killed Now At 8

Wisconsin DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine
07/31/2009

Four more bear-hunting hounds have been killed by wolves in northern Wisconsin while running free during bear-hunting training sessions bringing the total to eight after four deaths in Ashland, Clark, Oneida and Forest Counties earlier in July.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported that the dogs were killed, and another injured, in separate incidents the past two weeks in Bayfield, Burnett, Clark and Oneida Counties.

Wisconsin has more than 500 wolves that, under a court settlement, were last month returned 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. Dog owners also receive reimbursement from the state for the wolf-killed dogs.

The DNR is urging hunters to avoid areas where wolves are known to concentrate. The DNR lists areas to avoid at www.dnr.state.wi.us.



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