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August 14, 2012
Lawsuit Filed in Wisconsin Over Using Dogs for Hunting Wolves - 7

Wisconsin plans on opening a wolf season this fall and so far, more than 8,000 people have already applied for tags. But, a lawsuit filed last week looks to make a regulation change an prohibit hunters from using dogs to chase down wolves.

Right now, Wisconsin would be the only state that allows wolf hunting with dogs.

The plaintiffs, including the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies and the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, argue that "encounters between wolves and hunting dogs commonly result in fierce fights in which both wolves and dogs are maimed and killed."

The case argues that allowing wolf hunting with dogs is illegal under the statute that bans state-sanctioned animal fighting.

While Wisconsin may be the only state that would allow wolf hunting with dogs, a handful of states allow hunters to use hounds and greyhounds to catch and bay coyotes.

Wisconsin will continue to accept wolf hunting applications despite the lawsuit.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Wisconsin is a hunting mess this year.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Hi...

There goes another needless lawsuit clogging up our courts.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Unless the judge is very sympathetic and a wolf preservationist this suit should fail. The law they are suing under specifically exempts hunting and all legal tactics associated in the pursuit of hunting.
There are areas where wolves are eating Yorkshire Terriers in peoples yards, bird dogs have been attacked and killed. Other pets have been killed while hiking with their masters. None of these hypocritical "humane societies" cared about those animals. Up until now all the WDNR could do is post warnings about vicious wolf areas. It is now time to strike the fear of man back into the wolves so that they remain wild as nature intended.
Hounds-men love their dogs; they too have been losing bear hounds to wolves. They are fully aware of the danger involved in wolf/dog confrontations. After all they are canine experts in their own right. And the ones I have talked to have no intention of just turning their dogs loose into harm's way. They are making plans to use their dogs to locate wolves in an area then kennel their dogs and pursue the wolves themselves.
later,
charlie

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

wolves will take out a pack of hounds, personally I wouldnt hunt hounds of my own on a wolf because unlike a bear, wolves will come back in numbers, and wolves are built to kill better then a hound. so even fight, the wolf wins

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from shortstop130 wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

These people never gave a damn about the dogs that were getting killed by wolves up to this point. This is not only a shot at upsetting the upcoming wolf season, it is also a shot at banning all hunting with dogs. If they made this stick, they will start going right down the line of all dog related hunting activities. Your duck dog could drown, how could you possibly force him into the water like that ;)...geesh

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

So it's OK to hunt BEARS with dogs, but not wolves? Apparently, dogs won't fight with bears...lol.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Have these two animal rights groups observed dogs and wolves fighting so they have a sound base to their argument? I doubt it.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Unless the judge is very sympathetic and a wolf preservationist this suit should fail. The law they are suing under specifically exempts hunting and all legal tactics associated in the pursuit of hunting.
There are areas where wolves are eating Yorkshire Terriers in peoples yards, bird dogs have been attacked and killed. Other pets have been killed while hiking with their masters. None of these hypocritical "humane societies" cared about those animals. Up until now all the WDNR could do is post warnings about vicious wolf areas. It is now time to strike the fear of man back into the wolves so that they remain wild as nature intended.
Hounds-men love their dogs; they too have been losing bear hounds to wolves. They are fully aware of the danger involved in wolf/dog confrontations. After all they are canine experts in their own right. And the ones I have talked to have no intention of just turning their dogs loose into harm's way. They are making plans to use their dogs to locate wolves in an area then kennel their dogs and pursue the wolves themselves.
later,
charlie

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

So it's OK to hunt BEARS with dogs, but not wolves? Apparently, dogs won't fight with bears...lol.

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from shortstop130 wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

These people never gave a damn about the dogs that were getting killed by wolves up to this point. This is not only a shot at upsetting the upcoming wolf season, it is also a shot at banning all hunting with dogs. If they made this stick, they will start going right down the line of all dog related hunting activities. Your duck dog could drown, how could you possibly force him into the water like that ;)...geesh

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Hi...

There goes another needless lawsuit clogging up our courts.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Have these two animal rights groups observed dogs and wolves fighting so they have a sound base to their argument? I doubt it.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

wolves will take out a pack of hounds, personally I wouldnt hunt hounds of my own on a wolf because unlike a bear, wolves will come back in numbers, and wolves are built to kill better then a hound. so even fight, the wolf wins

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Wisconsin is a hunting mess this year.

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