Fate of Wis. Wolf Hunt in the Hands of Dane County Judge

By KBJR News 1

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Fate of Wis. Wolf Hunt in the Hands of Dane County Judge

August 29, 2012 Updated Aug 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM CDT

Dane County, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The fate of Wisconsin's wolf hunting season is now in the hands of a Dane County judge.

Judge Peter Anderson is scheduled to decide whether or not to issue a temporary injunction against the wolf hunt while the court sorts out a lawsuit from a coalition of humane societies in Wisconsin.

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Dane County Humane Society,Wisconsin Humane Society, Fox Valley Humane Association, Northwood Alliance, National Wolfwatcher Coalition, Jayne and Michael Belsky, and Donna Onstott all filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin DNR for rules in the wolf hunt that allows dogs to be used during the hunt.

According to the plaintiffs, other than prohibiting wolf hunting with dogs at night, the DNR allegedly failed to enforce the training and hunting with dogs as a necessary way for dogs to “track or trail” wolves and to decrease an unsafe environment between dogs and wolves.

The coalition of humane societies who filed the lawsuit are worried that hunting dogs would sustain severe injuries or be killed during confrontation with wolves.

The wolf hunting and trapping season in Wisconsin is set to run from October 15th to February 28th, 2013.

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