**Update** It was requested that the emails from the DNR staff be temporarily removed. In their place is an article about hounders being allowed to go after wolves with no license.
I was just forwarded some emails that were sent by Adrian Wydeven and Thomas Van Haren from the Wisconsin DNR. If you thought the idea of hounding wolves during the wolf killing season was bad, check out what they will allow during the hound “training” seasons. (**Emails removed temporarily 7-26-2012**)
From the above article:
“It’s allowed under the state’s dog training laws in much the same way hound owners are allowed to train their dogs to trail coyotes or bears. The one difference from bear training would be that no license is required to train dogs on wolves – bear hunters must have a bear “B license” to run bears. Hunters may train hounds on wolves all year and there is no six-dog pack limit, like there would be during the actual wolf season.”
You read that right. Hounders will be able to run their packs of vicious dogs on wolves for 12 Months in many areas of the state under the guise of “training.” The will also be able to run their dogs on wolves during the killing season again under the guise of “training.”
So basically what is going to happen is that hounders, under the guise of “training,” can pit their packs of dogs against wolves for the majority of the year on DNR land and for ALL of the year on private land. So again under the guise of “training” the hounders can goad their dogs to fight wolves and then shoot the wolves for “attacking” their dogs. And of course they will not only get to kill wolves for free, they will get a nice fat $2500 check from the DNR for any of their “precious” dogs that the wolves kill. And they don’t even need any sort of license to participate in this. WTF???????? If you need anymore evidence about how brutal and corrupt the “management” of wildlife is in Wisconsin there it is.
So this is how the hounders plan to get around the “quota” that the DNR put into place. All that they need to say is that wolves “attacked” their “innocent” dogs that they just happened to be “training” in wolf habitat and they can shoot as many as they want with no repercussions. Any bets that Rep. Scott Suder (ALEC, WBHA) and his anti-wildlife allies in the Legislature knew this before they rammed their bill through? Does anyone still doubt that Wisconsin intends to eradicate the wolf from our state?
The time to speak up is NOW. The time for a lawsuit is NOW. This state is out of control and our wildlife is now at the “mercy” of people like Scott Suder and George Meyer. Who in their right mind thinks that it is perfectly acceptable to run packs of dogs on their canine brethren? How can this end in any manner other than wolves and dogs dying in the most brutal of ways?