Can Wisconsin Wolf Killing Season Be Challenged as Animal Cruelty?

03 Jun

Wisconsin is the only state in the country that allows wolves to be hunted with packs of vicious dogs. We should be so proud!


An interesting article appeared on the pro-hunting Wisconsin Outdoor News Website titled:

Will Wisconsin’s animal cruelty law affect a wolf hunt?

Instead of actually considering that using packs of dogs, night hunting, trapping, baiting for four and a half months is what it sounds like, animal cruelty, the author instead blames the conviction of thugs who tortured deer in 2009 with snowmobiles for bringing this issue to light. Apparently animal cruelty is just fine as long as it is done to wild animals and the bad thing according to this author is the fact that the deer torturers got caught and convicted and shed light on the sadistic acts of some “sportsmen.” From the article:

“Wisconsin may well create a wolf season this year, but if that season does open as planned Oct. 15, state sportsmen can thank the Kuenzi brothers for adding a substantial hurdle that must yet be overcome, based on comments from Midwest Environmental Advocates last week.

The seven-member Natural Resources Board did unanimously approve a “scoping statement” at its May 23 meeting that will allow the process to create a wolf season to continue, but not before Jodi Habush Sinvkin, of Milwaukee, representing Midwest Environmental Advocates, indirectly described how her group could challenge the trapping of wolves with cable restraints and the hunting of wolves with hounds, based on a court ruling from the Kuenzi brothers’ court case.

Remember the Kuenzis? In the winter of 2009, Rory and Robby Kuenzi and Nicholas Hermes ran down deer with snowmobiles in Waupaca County. They also tied deer to trees and tortured them.

Sinvkin told NRB members that a state appellate ruling in the Kuenzi case states that animal cruelty laws extend to wild animals.”

Oh the horror! “Sportsmen” cannot torture wolves and other wild animals without getting into trouble. Do you think that maybe the attention should be paid to the act of cruelty rather than blaming the idiots who got caught?

Then there is the response of the bear hounder representatives trying to gloss over their actions by talking about how much they “love” their dogs:

“Hunters Rights Coalition spokesman Bob Welch said there would be very little hound hunting for wolves the first year because not many hunters will have had a chance to train their hounds to pursue wolves.

Welch countered Sinvkin’s claim that dogs would be injured by wolves, and that wolves bayed up to dogs would be bludgeoned in the head with clubs.

“People who own dogs love their dogs. A lot of people think that if the dog doesn’t sleep on the couch with you, you don’t love your dogs. The dogs will be trained to hunt wolves, or they won’t be out hunting wolves.

When a wolf stops, the dogs stop. They won’t engage,” said Welch.”

Welch is also the paid shill for the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, SCI, Whitetails of Wisconsin, and gun group WI Force. So packs of vicious dogs chasing wolves with no restraint are just going to stop and not “engage” a pack of cornered wolves? I guess the hounder dogs are now robots who don’t act like canines actually do. Give me a break. Remember these are the people who wrote the wolf kill bill allowing Wisconsin to be the only state in the country to allow packs of vicious dogs to go after wolves. This is already legal for coyotes. How is this not legalized dog fighting? I want the DNR to answer this. Better yet, I want the courts to answer this.

One encouraging aspect from the Natural Resources Board hearing is that the chair, Dave Clausen, expressed serious concern over the use of dog packs to go after wolves:

Dave Clausen, NRB chair, said the European hunting might be with coursing hounds, or sight-hunting hounds, not trailing hounds as would be the case in Wisconsin.

“You’re looking at a wolf-dog fight. That would have some very negative connotations. I think we should be very careful about allowing (this),” said Clausen.

Here is Clausen’s contact information:
David Clausen, Chair

Veterinarian. Appointed February 19, 2006, Reappointed May 1, 2007. Term expires May 1, 2013.
1265 58th Ave
Amery, WI 54001
(715) 268-8131

Finally this is a reminder of the DNR holding four hearings about the wolf killing season on these dates and at these locations:

June 6, Spooner – Spooner High School Auditorium, 801 County Highway A.
June 8, Black River Falls – Black River Falls Middle School Auditorium, 1202 Pierce St.
June 14, Fond du Lac – UW-Fond du Lac Auditorium, 400 University Drive.
June 15, Rhinelander – James Williams Middle School Auditorium, 915 Acacia Lane.

Of course it is very likely that the DNR already have their minds made up for the impending slaughter as they make it clear that the meetings will be all about the killing methods to be used from this article:

“The four meetings are meant to give state residents a chance to voice their views on the number of permits issued, quotas, hunting zones and specifics regarding trapping equipment. The meetings aren’t intended for a discussion on the pros and cons of a hunt, Thiede said.”

That’s right shut us out again. They sure love to hear the “pros” from the hounders and their shills, but we get no voice. This thing is on the fast track and the courts are going to be the only thing standing in the way of the slaughter of hundreds of wolves so that the anti-wolf groups can get to their mythical number of 350 or less wolves. This is Wisconsin’s shame and I hope that this rush to kill comes back to bite us hard in the future. I would rethink any vacation plans in Wisconsin that you may have, and remember that Wisconsin is not the only state that makes cheese and other dairy products when making purchasing decisions.


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14 responses to “Can Wisconsin Wolf Killing Season Be Challenged as Animal Cruelty?

  1. Animal Connection

    June 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Animal Connection.

  2. chance

    June 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    If the citizens say no to hounds and snaring, if the Indian tribes and some of these groups stand up for wolves, there may not be a hunt this year. Let the slob hunters defend this joke of a proposal. We should force these idiots to explain why there is NO fair chase principles in any of this legislation. Let them explain why. This bill is archaic and looks like something that would have come out in 1923….The anti-cruelty issue is big. The Supreme Court already has the precedent

    • rali74

      June 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      But remember that it is also illegal in Wisconsin to kill wild animals with dogs, but the authorities just look the other way. I am surrounded by deer hunters and not one that I have spoken to has anything good to say about hounders and trappers. They are pariahs in their own community, yet they continue to have the complete and undivided attention of the Wisconsin Legislature. This insane wolf killing plan needs to be challenged in both state and federal court. What they do to coyotes and now wolves is legalized dog fighting and it is being promoted by the state of Wisconsin. The hounders and other sadists may have gotten exactly what they wanted with this wolf kill bill but I cannot see how this enhances their already tarnished image for the future. Hounding of any animal is animal cruelty for both the dogs and the animal being hounded. This should be banned nationwide. Have state and national referendums and let the voters decide how they feel about hounding and trapping. They have operated under the radar for many years but their willingness to “brag” about their bloodlust is now allowing the rest of society to see how they operate. Bransford, Fross, and other likeminded sadists are blanketing the internet with photographs and video of their actions. Now society can see what these people are all about and that these “sportsmen” are not the “stewards of the land” that they portray themselves to be be. They are really bloodthirsty sadistic thugs who in another time would be wearing jackboots and the SS lightning bolts at Auschwitz rather than practicing their torturous acts on animals.

      • chance

        June 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        Hunters are cowards for not sticking up for animals and calling out these slob hunters. Hounders will bring down the hunting community that is my prediction

      • rali74

        June 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        They are following the BS line from the NRA that any restriction on hunting will lead to banning of all hunting. In private they call hounders and trappers the scum and sadists that they are but in public you rarely if ever hear them say anything against them. For such “tough guys” they sure are spineless.

  3. Louise Kane

    June 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Everyone please call your legislators, write your newspapers and object to this heinous plan to kill wolves. What a disgrace.

    • YOU WISH

      August 8, 2012 at 7:04 am

      I AGREE

  4. Bobette Traul

    June 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Why no meetings in Southern Wisconsin?

    • rali74

      June 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Because our opinion apparently doesn’t count. I find it astounding how the northern part of the state has such a small population but they seem to have unlimited political power over the rest of the state. Can anyone explain this?

  5. Bobette Traul

    June 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    That’s where the wolves are and all the nuts. If I’m not mistaken, did not President Bush the W make dog fighting a Federal offense? What about letting the anti wolf terrorists blog on the site and as you are doing, fileing[sp?] it away and using it as ammunition- no pun intended.You gave them a warning but let them hang themselves. Have you heard any thing from the tribes? Did you know Wal Mart left ALEC? Toodle-loo NRA.

    • rali74

      June 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Patricia spoke with Jim Zorn from the Great Lakes Indian fish and Wildlife Commission and there is nothing new to report. They are still eating to see the final plan apparently. As for the hunter/trapper trolls I keep all of their comments, but I will not approve them to be posted here. We get enough or their propaganda elsewhere on the internet and we want this site to be a place where living wildlife advocates can post without out being under constant attack from the pro-killing crowd and their propaganda.

  6. Bobette Traul

    June 5, 2012 at 10:16 am


  7. Joe McCulloch

    August 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

    What is this world coming to?


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