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 pawprint bullet point   2013 Wisconsin Wolf Hunt in Brief   pawprint bullet point

NOTE: An "Appeal of a Final Judgment of the Dane County Circuit Court" was filed with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV, on 18 July 2013. Please read the brief itself for an outstanding summary of the wolf hunting legislation, the administrative rules (or lack thereof) pertaining to hunting wolves with dogs, the previous legal background and rulings, and the current arguments against using dogs to hunt wolves.

 pawprint bullet point   Appeal of a Final Judgment of the Dane County Circuit Court   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Appeal Brief Appendix   pawprint bullet point

3 October 2013: A "Combined Reply and Response Brief" was filed with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV, on 23 September 2013.

 pawprint bullet point   Combined Reply and Response Brief (pdf)   pawprint bullet point


A Wisconsin wolf       On 12 April 2013, Plaintiffs filed an Appeal with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals from the final judgment entered by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Peter C. Anderson on January 16, 2013, regarding Wisconsin DNR regulations governing the use of dogs to hunt wolves. .

     "We are appealing because we believe that Judge Anderson failed to address plaintiffs' request for a declaratory judgment holding DNR's wolf hunting regulations--allowing dogs to hunt wolves without necessary safeguards--in violation of Wisconsin law prohibiting cruelty to animals, both domestic and wild," explains Robert L. Habush, of Habush, Habush & Rottier, one of the attorneys representing a mainstream coalition of Wisconsin humane societies, conservation groups, hunters, and volunteer wolf trackers, "Judge Anderson also didn't address our request for a permanent injunction against the use of dogs to hunt wolves."

     "Our plaintiff organizations, mainstream hunters, and team of wolf and dog experts are in perfect agreement-without this Appeal, there will be nothing to stop the bloodshed and state-sanctioned "dog fighting" certain to ensue this Fall when dogs are set on wolves without the common sense restrictions needed to prevent deadly confrontations between the two canine species," states Jodi Habush Sinykin, another attorney representing plaintiffs in this matter.

     Pam McCloud Smith, executive director of Dane County Humane Society and Board President of Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, whose members include more than forty humane societies across Wisconsin agrees; "We need a judicial backstop here; the DNR's inaction in the face of known risks and harm to animals is not in accord with longstanding Wisconsin animal cruelty protections or our values regarding humane treatment of animals."

     "Our appeal is necessary because only judicial intervention can protect the public interest from a state agency acting in an arbitrary and capricious manner;" explains Robert Habush, "Regarding dogs being used to hunt wolves, Wisconsin DNR's rule-making process has been unduly influenced by inappropriate lobbying-which has led to agency rules that ignore wolf biology, documented dog mortality, and mainstream Wisconsin ethics."

     Carl Sinderbrand of Axley Brynelson, LLP, added: "Our appeal raises important issues regarding the function of Wisconsin's state government and management of our natural resources. The wolf hunting rules unfortunately reflect the elevation of political influence over science-based, responsible management of public resources."

 pawprint bullet point   2013 Wisconsin Wolf Hunt in Brief   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Wolf Hunting in Wisconsin: Mainstream Hunters Speak Out   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   WI Wolf Hunt In the Media   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   WI Wolf Hunt Overview   pawprint bullet point

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