United Sportsmen of WI Intervenes in Wolf Lawsuit

By KBJR News 1

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October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) -- The United Sportsmen of Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Sportsmen Alliance, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and Safari Club International, have filed a joint motion to involve themselves in a lawsuit that would limit the use of hunting dogs for Wisconsin's wolf hunt.

The lawsuit filed by animal rights groups say it is animal cruelty to use dogs for hunting wolves.

A judge issued a temporary injunction against the use of hounds for the upcoming season.

"Intervening in this case is very important to ensure the hunting public's voice is heard," said Dean Hamilton, USW President. "There are several statutory laws which we feel the judge ignored including Act 21 and our Constitutional right to hunt, fish and trap."

USW Vice President, Andy Pantzlaff says that the claim of animal cruelty sets a dangerous precedent that sportsmen Wisconsin needs to keep an eye on.

"Manipulating the animal cruelty laws to restrict hunting eventually will lead to banning hunting all together; we as sportsment and women cannot allow this go unchallenged," Pantzlaff said.

The court is expected to rule in the near future to decide whether to allow the sporting groups to intervene in this case.

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