Dane County, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A Dane County Judge has issued a partial injunction that will bar hunters from using dogs during Wisconsin's upcoming wolf hunt.
The Wisconsin DNR released a statement today regarding the ruling saying the wolf hunting season will continue as scheduled this year.
The Wisconsin DNR has also extended the wolf hunting license application deadline to September 7th.
“We’ve heard from hunters, trappers and conservation organizations that the uncertainty about whether or not there would be a wolf hunting and trapping season this year as a result of this lawsuit has caused some potential applicants to adopt a wait and see position,” said Kurt Thiede, DNR administrator of lands. “Since the judge’s ruling and the original application deadline happened to fall in the same day, folks wouldn’t have much time to react if they did in fact want to apply for a permit. This extension gives them some breathing room to do that.”
Earlier this month, a coalition of Wisconsin humane societies filed a lawsuit alleging the DNR did not provide an adequate rule to require dogs to be properly trained before engaging in the state's wolf hunt scheduled to start in October.
The DNR has 1,160 permits that they will issue to hunters for the upcoming season.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns