Wisconsin DNR Sued Over Wolf Hunting Rules

By KBJR News 1

Wisconsin DNR Sued Over Wolf Hunting Rules

August 9, 2012 Updated Aug 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Board, about the DNR's recently approved rules on the Wolf Hunting Season authorizing the use of dogs to hunt wolves.

According to the Plaintiffs' filings with the Court (Plaintiffs include: 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), other than prohibiting wolf hunting with dogs at night, the DNR has 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.

Evidence submitted through expert affidavits, show a high risk of hunting dogs that would sustain severe injuries or being killed during confrontation with wolves.