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Wolf Hunting & Hounding

Updated 2/2/18
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wolf photo, courtesy of All About Wolves. com        The hunting of wolves has now become a national debate. We have also expanded our scope to include some articles on "hounding" in general, and in other states. Due to the number of excellent articles and reports we have listed, we have had to create a second page for all of the links! This page contains links from Dec. 2016 - 2017. Please see WI Wolf Hunt In the Media, P. 2 (2015 - Nov. 2016) and WI Wolf Hunt In the Media, P. 3 (2012- 2014) for earlier articles.

  • Hunter welfare? Sen. Risser wants state to stop paying hunters for dogs killed by wolves, by Doug Hansmann and Denise Thornton, Isthmus, February 1, 2018. In 2017 the state of Wisconsin paid a record $99,400 to hunters whose dogs were killed by wolves. Since the program began in 1985, the state has paid hunters more than $700,000 for dogs that were killed by wolves. No other state pays hunters for dogs that are killed this way — and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) wants to end the practice. “It’s not society’s job to reimburse individuals who voluntarily jeopardize the wellbeing of their dogs by putting them in harm’s way,” Risser tells Isthmus. “People get insurance for this kind of risk. Why should the taxpayers pick up this cost? There are better ways to use the state’s resources.”

  • Smith: Wolf poaching bill deserves to be buried, Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 10, 2018. The public hearing on this bill lasted about 3 1/2 hours. Thirty people registered against the bill, eight in favor, according to Legislative aides. The proposed legislation would allow unregulated killing of wolves in Wisconsin For as long as wolves are on the federal Endangered or Threatened Species List, the proposed legislation (dubbed the Wolf Poaching BIll) would, in effect, allow unregulated killing of the species, discontinue funding for wolf management in Wisconsin, and make it illegal for state police, sheriffs or conservation wardens to enforce laws related to the management or killing of wolves. Only federal agents could enforce wolf regulations in Wisconsin -- state law enforcement officials would be barred from assisting their federal colleagues.

  • Killing wolves to prevent predation on livestock may protect one farm but harm neighbors, Francisco J. Santiago-Avila , Ari M. Cornman, Adrian Treves;Plos One, Jan. 10, 2018. "Traditionally, governments kill wild animals in an effort to prevent threats to property and safety [1]. However, a recent summary of peer-reviewed studies that employed experimental or quasi-experimental tests of interventions against carnivore attacks on domestic animals in farms raised doubts about the functional effectiveness of lethal methods [2]. Namely, most tests of lethal methods showed no effect or counter-productive effects (higher livestock losses after intervention), and numerous tests contained biases or flaws that preclude reliable inference [2]."

  • GOP bill would end wolf management in Wisconsin , Todd RIchmond, Associated Press, Nov 9, 2017. "Some northern Wisconsin legislators are proposing a bill that would end the state's efforts to manage wolves and force police to ignore wolf killings, unless the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list. Under the bill, the DNR would be prohibited from spending any money to manage wolves other than to reimburse people for losses caused by wolves. Police and wardens would be barred from enforcing any federal or state law relating to wolf management or that prohibits killing wolves. The DNR wouldn't be allowed to communicate with the federal government about enforcing wolf management laws or support federal enforcement efforts."

  • Veteran Woodsman Blames Ban on Hound Hunting for Spike in Poaching New Generation: Former Hound Club President Compares Blossoming Poaching Culture to Appalachian Moonshiners , Jordan Nailon, The Chronical, 10/3/2017. Very interesting article by a former Washington State hounder.

  • Do big carnivores practice birth control?, Nicholas Weiler, Science, Feb. 27, 2015. A new survey of mammalian carnivores worldwide proposes that many large predators have the ability to limit their own numbers. The results, though preliminary, could help explain how top predators keep the food chains beneath them in balance.

  • Clashes with wolves: Wisconsin wildlife is hounded with unbearable cruelty , Louis Weisberg, Wisconsin Gazette, 9/7/17. "Wisconsin is the only state that allows the use of dogs in wolf hunting, and the only state that reimburses hunters for dogs killed in this way." This story is the first in an ongoing series titled “Cruel Wisconsin.”

  • Gray wolf ruling draws fear from farmers, praise from advocates, Kevin Carr, WSAW TV, 8/2/17.

  • WISCONSIN HOUNDERS ILLEGALLY HARASS WOLVES: Criminal Complaint Cites State Payments for Hunting Dogs Killed in Wolf Clashes, PEER, 8/2/17. "Hunters unleashing packs of dogs to tree bears in Wisconsin woods are criminally harassing gray wolves in violation of the Endangered Species Act, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The complaint cites state payments to hunters to compensate for hunting dogs killed or injured in clashes with wolves as evidence of violations."

  • Top Appeals Court Maintains Federal Protections for Wolves in the Great Lakes Region, HSUS, 8/1/17. More in-depth information on the fight to protect wolves, including a Great Lakes Wolves – ESA Listing Timeline.

  • Court rules against gray wolf Endangered Species Act delisting, Devin Henry , The Hill, 08/01/17. "A federal appeals court has ruled against the Interior Department’s 2011 decision to delist the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act."

  • Hounder Free For All: Wisconsin’s Wildlife Hell Is Worse Than We Thought, OPINION, Our Wisconsin Our Wildlife, 7/27/17. "Even though the use of hounds against wildlife, particularly bears, has only been legal for a few decades it somehow has been warped into being considered “heritage” and “tradition” by the Wisconsin DNR and stake killing groups. For a signifiant portion of each year our public lands, particularly our federally owned national forests, are over run with a violent subset of the “hunting” community and thousands of bloodthirsty hounds. This same violent subset of the “hunting” community is also responsible for dumping at least 4.6 MILLION GALLONS of stale junk food, used cooking grease/oil, and toxic blocks of chocolate as “bait” for six months of each year beginning in April and used to condition bear and other wildlife to human food sources. In fact a recent study showed that an average bear receives 40 percent of their yearly food sources from this “bait.” Despite this the Wisconsin DNR refuses to make any changes to the duration of the baiting “season” or what type of bait is allowed."

  • Senate Advances Legislation Gutting Federal Protections for Wolves, The Center for Biological Diversity, 7/26/17. "Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) voted with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in what was otherwise a party-line vote to approve the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act, or HELP Wildlife Act. The bill weakens the Endangered Species Act by blocking any further judicial review of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 decision to end federal protections for wolves. The legislation also prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from addressing lead pollution’s impacts on fish and other wildlife due to lead-based fishing gear."

  • Video: WI Bear Hound Training Harasses ALL Wildlife, Not Only Bears, Rod Coronado, The Wolf Patrol, 7/25/17.

  • Wisconsin’s Endangered Species Fund Sponsored Wolf/Dog Fighting Season Has Begun, Rod Coronado, The Wolf Patrol, 7/18/17. "Last year, more hunting dogs were killed by wolves than in any year previous, a record 41 dogs, mostly bear hounds, and most killed in areas the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) designated “Wolf Caution Areas.” But instead of serving as a deterrent, Wisconsin’s unique combination of minimal regulation of hound hunting and $2,500.00 reimbursement payouts to hound hunters, is actually encouraging careless hound hunters to continue running their dogs through federally protected gray wolf territory."

    • National Heritage Conservation Program. Re: Wolf Depredation Payments -- Because wolves are currently listed as "Endangered," funding for the wolf depredation payments comes from a USFWS “livestock demonstration grant” program; and after the federal funds are exhausted, payments come from the endangered resources fund. This link will take you to a document containing info on where the money for the endangered resources fund comes from.

  • $300M for Great Lakes in U.S. House budget bill, Garret Ellison, MLive, 7/12/17. The good news: A U.S. House budget committee has released legislation that restores $300 million in Great Lakes funding eliminated under President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal. The bad news (read all the way to the end of the article) -- The bill also includes language that would strip federal protection for gray wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming. The bill says the Interior Department may not spend any money "to treat any gray wolf in any of the 48 contiguous states" as "an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act."

  • Wolf Population Stabilizing in Wisconsin, Public News Service, 7/11/17. With talk in Washington about changing or reforming the Endangered Species Act, a Wisconsin wolf expert says this is not the time for a change.

  • As payouts from dog-wolf conflicts reach new record, quicker payouts sought for hunters , Steven Verburg, Wisconsin State Journal, 6/8/17. "Under a budget provision approved by the Joint Finance Committee, the DNR would write a check as soon as it was confirmed that a dog was killed by a wolf instead of waiting until after the start of a new calendar year. The delay had been designed to determine if enough funding was available for full payments or if they would be prorated."

    • Paul Collins: Payments for hunting dogs killed by wolves is a scam, Paul Collins, The Cap Times, 6/13/17. "The latest action by the Legislature to further encourage legal dog fighting at no risk to the hounders is appalling and shows that this state is incapable of “managing” wolves or any other form of wildlife."

    • David H. Ohnstad: Using dogs to hunt bears is cruel, David H. Ohnstad, the LaCrosse Tribune, 6/13/17. "While payments to farmers for wolf depredation of livestock, when proven, may be reasonable, payments to “hunters” whose dogs are sacrificed while chasing bears is not only irresponsible, it is disgusting."

  • Why We're So Divided Over Saving Wolves, Simon Worrall, National Geographic, 6/11/17. "Wolf preservation has been called 'the abortion issue of wildlife.' In Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves, Brenda Peterson takes us inside the world of these top predators—and the cultural war being waged over them. Speaking from her home in Seattle, she explains why the battle over wolves is like the abortion debate, how removing protections in six Western states has led to the deaths of more than 3,000 wolves, and why so many wolf advocates are women."

  • Man That Tortured Three Coyotes With a Snowmobile in 2009 Received $5000 in 2016 for “Hound Depredations”, Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife (blog post), 5/2/17.

  • Wisconsin STILL Rewarding Hounder Criminals and Scofflaws for Hound “Depredations”, Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife (blog post), 4/27/17.

  • The Wisconsin Deer Mortality Fallacy, Britt Ricci, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife, 2/28/17. "One of the biggest misconceptions about wolves and one of the main drivers behind the wolf hunt is the idea that wolves are “decimating” the deer population....The fact remains that Wisconsin hunters, poachers and motorists have the most significant impact on the Wisconsin deer herd. So maybe before humans take it upon themselves to go interfering with a natural predator species that has successfully evolved to survive and sustain a healthy existence over millions of years, perhaps we should first attempt to get our own rates of deer mortality under control."

  • Scientists Agree, It’s Time to End the War on Wildlife, Collette Adkins, Huffington Post, 2/17/17. "Killing large predators to reduce livestock conflicts or benefit game populations has long been thought to be ineffective — and devastating for ecosystems — and a growing body of scientific literature criticizing the widespread practice is confirming those fears. Most recently, this month, the Journal of Mammalogy — a highly respected international scientific journal and flagship publication for the American Society of Mammalogists — published a special collection of articles criticizing lethal control of predators such as wolves and grizzlies."

  • Falk: Proposal to delist wolves will lead to problems, Mary Falk, Milwaukee- Wisconsin Journal Sentinal, 2/15/17. A cattle, sheep, and goat farmer weighs in on the value of non-lethal wolf deterrants such as guard dogs. "Leaving aside for a moment how much has been invested into preventing wolves from vanishing altogether, this proposal has the potential to create big headaches for small farmers. The consequences of allowing wolf hunts in my neck of the woods are predictable: It’s going to disrupt the delicate balance we’ve spent years working out to keep predators at bay....There are many available tools for protecting livestock from predators. Some farmers utilize permanent electric fencing, portable fencing or night penning to safeguard herds when it isn’t possible to keep watch over them. All of these nonlethal options for dealing with predators can be employed without disrupting the natural balance." This article also brings up the point that hunting wolves may lead to deer overpopulation, which causes other problems for small farmers.

  • Study says Wisconsin DNR underreports gray wolf poaching, Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/6/17. "For years, wolves have been shot illegally, struck by cars and trucks or legally killed by authorities acting on reports that wolves were killing and threatening livestock and pets. But in a study published Monday in the Journal of Mammalogy, UW researcher Adrian Treves and a group of scientists found higher levels of illegal killing of wolves in Wisconsin than reported by the Department of Natural Resources. As part of the study, the researchers reinvestigated fatalities of a subset of wolves and found “abundant evidence” of gunshot wounds and injuries from trapping that may have been overlooked as a factor in their deaths, the authors said."

  • Trump’s Pick For Interior Is No Friend Of Endangered Species, Dominique Mosbergen, The Huffington Post. 2/6/17. "Conservationists have expressed concern that Zinke’s nomination could halt the positive trend for America’s threatened species. Although his supporters note that he is a defender of public lands and one of the more conservation-minded GOP lawmakers, the League of Conservation Voters gave Zinke a rock-bottom 3 percent lifetime voting record on issues such as air and water, climate change, drilling, forests and wildlife."

  • Why the Latest War on Wolves? Three Reasons You May Not Know, Leda Huta Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition; The Huffington Post, 1/24/17. "For starters, state fish and wildlife agencies have historically received the bulk of their funding from hunting and fishing license sales, as well as ammunition tax revenue. So hunters often have an outsize influence on the agency decisionmaking (so much so that, in many parts of the country, these agencies are called fish and game—not wildlife).
         "Second, wolves aren’t just seen as one cog in the wheel of nature. They’re seen as a symbol of the federal government. Since wolves were reintroduced by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service into Yellowstone and managed by FWS in other regions, they’re deeply associated with “the feds” and deeply despised by those who hate all things federal.
         "Third is mythology. Wolves are smart, family-oriented, and communicative. Their personalities are clear.... But we treat wolves differently than all other species. It isn’t about science. It’s about the mythology."

  • Trump’s Presidency Means the End of Wolves in the American West, Wes Siler,, 1/19/17. "Why exhaust so much time and energy attacking a single species? The real answer is that the protections wolves require in the West can run counter to the interests of industrial agriculture businesses and the oil and gas industry, both of which want to operate on land that is currently subject to protection because it’s wolf habitat.
         "The anti-wolf policies being paid for in part by industrial agriculture are actually damaging the small, family-owned farms where problems with wolves killing livestock actually take place and which are often cited as the cause for these policies. It’s been scientifically demonstrated that killing problem wolves actually leads to a direct correlation in increased livestock depredation. The killings disrupt pack order and disperse wolves into new areas, and weakened packs are forced to seek easier prey than the wild animals they’d otherwise focus on.
         "The CBD has tracked donations from those industries to Congress and compared them with the number of bills introduced that threaten the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As campaign donations from the oil and gas industry and industrial agriculture have increased, so too have legislative assaults on the ESA. Because wolves have large ranges, the ESA may prevent energy extraction or industrial farming across larger areas than some other species. That explains the focus on removing the wolf’s protections."

  • JOINT PRESS RELEASE: Congress Unleashes War on Wolves Act, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife, 1/19/17. "Yesterday senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming introduced the “War on Wolves Act,” a companion bill to legislation introduced last week in the House of Representatives that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting, hounding (in Wisconsin) and trapping of the species in four states. If the legislation passes both chambers and gets signed by the president, it would leave the fate of wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming to hostile states with management wolf plans that two federal courts ruled inadequate to secure the species at legally required population levels in absence of Endangered Species Act protections. This legislation would also permanently deny citizens of the right to challenge delisting in court, even if state management plans go awry. We view this to be a direct assault on democracy and the right of Americans to challenge their government in a court of law."

  • Wolves targeted as Congress moves to de-fang Endangered Species Act, Garret Ellison, Mlive, 1/18/17. "The bill to remove the gray wolf from the endangered list in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Wyoming includes a jurisdictional stripping provision meant to bar the courts from hearing any legal challenges to the legislation, which, if made law, would stop wolf "management by litigation," according to bill sponsors.... Opponents of the new bill say they're already gearing-up for a grassroots battle at the state level given the greater likelihood the legislation will succeed under a GOP-controlled Congress and the incoming Donald Trump administration. "I think we'll see the hardest fight of our lives in the next four years," said Melissa Smith, who represents the Great Lakes region for the Endangered Species Coalition, a network of groups working to safeguard the federal law."

  • Baldwin, Johnson back bill to delist wolf , Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/17/17. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Sen. Ron Johnson joined Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to introduce legislation on Tuesday (Jan. 17, 2017) that would remove protections for the gray wolf in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming under the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • We don't need wolf hunting seasons to control wolf depredation, Shirley Clements, The Cap Times, 12/22/16. "Listed or delisted, wolves posing threat to humans can be controlled. Wild healthy wolves attacking a human is practically nonexistent. Wolf attacks on pets are rare. Walking pets on leash or keeping them in human presence prevents such attacks. Finally, most wolves are not causing problems. Wolf attacks on cattle involve "problem" wolves. Wolf seasons or no wolf seasons, when wolves are delisted and under state management, policy changes: The state can immediately use United States Fish and Wildlife Services and landowner shooting permits to lethally handle problem wolves — those depredating/harassing domestic animals."

  • MI Wolf hunting bill signed into law, Emily Lawler, MLive, 12/22/16. Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law a bill that would put Michigan in a position to allow wolf hunting if the federal government ever dropped federal protection of the species.

    • Editorial: Wolf hunt bill ignores voters, Lansing State Journal, 12/29/16. "Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law that would once again make it possible to hunt gray wolves in Michigan – if or when the protected animal is removed from the federal endangered species list. The newest law, passed in lame duck session, is another in a growing list of examples of the governor and Republican-controlled Legislature ignoring the will of the people... . The wolf hunting legislation itself may seem like a minor issue to many. But the overriding tenor of the debate – the majority’s “we-can-do-this-because-we-have-all-the-power” attitude – does not bode well for Michigan’s future."

    • A surreal year: Lawmakers continue to show contempt for people's wishes, Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio, 12/23/16. "If you had any remaining doubt that Snyder and the Legislature couldn’t care less about what we want, the bill features that newly popular legislative trick: A token appropriation designed to prevent the voters from being able to repeal this law again."

    • With a round of howls, Michigan Legislature sends wolf hunting bill to governor, Garret Ellison, Mlive, 12/15/16

  • New Report Lists Gray Wolf Among Top Ten Imperiled Species, Public News Service, 12/22/16. "As the Obama administration prepares to hand over power to President-elect Donald Trump, the Endangered Species Coalition has just released its top 10 list of imperiled species. The advocacy group wants the next administration to take steps to slow the rates of extinction. On the list is the gray wolf, which has become very familiar to Wisconsin residents. "

  • Leaked emails show hunters want to wipe out Wisconsin wolves, Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak, 12/18/16. "With the ascension of Donald Trump and the Republicans to power at the national level and in many states, and with Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin campaigning for wolves to be delisted from Endangered Species Act protection, it's almost certain that next year Wisconsin's wolves will be back under the control of the state Department of Natural Resources. And the DNR will undoubtedly give hunters the green light for a killing spree."

  • U.P. senator makes another push for gray wolf bill, Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, 12/8/16. "Sen. Tom Casperson has been trying for more than five years to legalize a hunt for gray wolves in a portion of the Upper Peninsula.... . State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, offered an amendment, which failed, that would remove the $1-million appropriation from the bill that makes it immune from a vote of the people. 'Regardless of how you feel about the issue of whether or not an unelected body of folks should be able to designate an animal as a game species, the will of the people needs to be heard in this chamber and throughout the state,' she said. 'Sixty-four percent of the people in the state said they disagreed with a wolf hunt. We have to allow this legislation to go forward with appropriation so if they disagree, they can take action again.'"


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 pawprint bullet point   WI Wolf Hunt in Brief   pawprint bullet point   WI Wolf Hunt Overview   pawprint bullet point   In the Media   pawprint bullet point   Hunting With Hounds Video   pawprint bullet point

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

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