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By Associated Press and Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 4, 2013
Madison - A Dane County judge said Friday the Department of Natural Resources had failed to enact adequate restrictions for dogs used to track or trail wolves, thereby prohibiting the practice under current state law.
However, Judge Peter Anderson's ruling would allow dogs to hunt wolves.
Anderson's specific ruling was that NR 17.4 on dog trials and training was "invalid" with regard to wolves. The section of Wisconsin Administrative Code was written in 2003, before wolves were a game species in the state, and includes no language about wolves.
Simultaneous with his ruling, the judge dissolved a temporary injunction issued last year that prohibited the use of dogs to hunt wolves.
The ruling was met with mixed emotions by both the plaintiffs and defendants. "We are pleased that Judge Anderson removed the injunction that banned the use of dogs for hunting wolves," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "However, we are disappointed with his decision to prohibit training of dogs to hunt wolves."
The lawsuit was brought by animal welfare groups and individuals who claimed the state had insufficient rules to protect dogs. The defendants were the DNR and the Natural Resources Board.
A wolf hunting and trapping season was authorized in Wisconsin by Act 169. The legislation, passed last April, allowed the use of dogs to hunt wolves, as well as to track and trail wolves. Wisconsin is the only state to authorize the use of dogs to hunt wolves.
The DNR is in the midst of creating a permanent rule for wolf hunting and trapping in the state, as well as revising its wolf management plan.
Without the judge's ruling, dogs could have been used to track or trail wolves immediately in Wisconsin.
Sinderbrand said it was possible a bill would be introduced this session to modify portions of Act 169, including the use of dogs to hunt wolves. The 2013 wolf hunting and trapping season is scheduled to start Oct. 15.
Judge Peterson said he would issue a written version of his ruling next week.
NEED BOOTS ON GROUND!!----IF YOU LIVE IN OR NEAR WISCONSIN, PLEASE CONTACT 'STOP THE WISCONSIN WOLF HUNT' http://www.facebook.com/howlacrosswi?fref=ts -- help organize and be active in a boots-on-the-ground protest against the hounding of wolves in front of the State Capitol Bldg of Wisconsin, 2 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53702---nothing makes legislators sit up and take notice of an issue more than when they see a crowd of angry voters on the state capitol steps!
Also contact your Wisconsin legislators via email and/or phone call --- although this horrid decision to allow hounding really does call for a physical presence and protest.
If you do or do not live in or near Wisconsin, you can also participate by faxing your extremely polite thoughts to Honorable Peter Anderson @
608-266-4062 (fax #)---You may also contact The Wisconsin Board of Natural Resources @ --
Laurie J. Ross
Board Liaison Office of Secretary
P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI 53707-7921
Governor Scott Walker
Don't expect too much from the Governor or the NRD, but they should know that you STRONGLY object to hounding wolves (and hunting wolves, in general), and their barbaric wolf policy will offer you no choice but to boycott the state of Wisconsin. For Wisconsin residents, let the aforementioned know that you will protest with your vote!
All Wisconsin pro-wolf advocates must stand together against hounding -- they are proposing 6 dogs on one wolf----6 dogs who wouldn't exist without the wolf as their forefather---dogs get critically hurt and killed as well when wolf hounding. To pit animal against animal, canine against canine, shows that those in power and those who participate have lost their humanity. Many howls.....