Wisconsin Court Rules Dogs Can Be Trained To Hunt Wolves

Backlit Bicho in ProfileThe 4th District Court of Appeals in Wisconsin ruled July 10 that hunters in the state can train dogs to assist in hunting wolves.  SB 411, a bill passed in 2012, already permitted hunting wolves with dogs during a designated hunting season in Wisconsin; this secondary ruling allows hunters to “train” their dogs to chase wolves as well as use the dogs in the hunt.  This training activity appears to be able to take place outside of the wolf hunting season.

The DNR has been working on permanent rules to govern the use of dogs in wolf hunts.  Agency officials have stated the regulations would restrict training on wolves to daylight hours only, during the wolf season only, and would restrict the number of dogs used to six.

Wisconsin is the only state in the US which permits the use of dogs in wolf hunting.  If you wish to write a Wisconsin state representative concerning the use of dogs in wolf hunting, their information is available here.

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