If you intend to submit comments to the Natural Resources Board about the “rules” for “training” dogs against wolves the deadline is 4PM Friday, TOMORROW.
Here is the letter that I submitted:
I am writing this letter to voice my extreme opposition to the proposed “rules” that the DNR wants to implement for the “training” of dogs to be used against wolves. While I personally find the whole concept of hunting and trapping a species that had just recovered in our state deplorable, the concept that dogs are going to be used against wolves unfathomable. The entire idea that dogs are going to be used to “trail and flush” wolves is nothing more than a fantasy put forth by the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and their allies in the DNR and Legislature. Wolves and dogs can and WILL fight to the death as proven by the vast sums of money paid out to bear hounders in “depredation payments” from the Endangered Resources Fund. For the legislature to even consider allowing a practice that even the wolf hating states in the West do not allow says much about how seriously Wisconsin takes the concept of “fair chase” and “ethical” hunting.
For dogs to be used as weapons against any species is reprehensible, but to find it perfectly acceptable to allow dogs to be “trained” on wild wolves right through their breeding, denning, and birthing seasons is shameful. How about the hibernating bears that share the same habitat? Has it even been considered that these packs of dogs will be rampaging through habitat where thousands of bears will be hibernating with their with their newborn cubs?
There seems to be some sinister forces at play within our DNR and Legislature that find this type of activity to be acceptable and even consider it to be “fair chase.” Using packs of dogs fitted with collars running loose while the “hunter” sits in their truck waiting is not “sporting” or even remotely fair chase. Wisconsin should be ashamed that this abomination became law and those that voted for it should be even more ashamed. It is equally disturbing that Wisconsin finds and activity which is essentially legalized animal fighting acceptable. Anyone who believes that wolves and dogs will not be involved in fights to the death is either in denial or is a flat out liar. Canines are territorial animals to begin with and when foreign canines enter their territory, especially when their young are there, what does the board think the inevitable result will be? Dogs will die and so will wolves all under the guise of “training.”
As a Wisconsin citizen and wildlife advocate I implore the Board to reject the DNR’s reckless “training” plans and to implement rules that require hounders to use leashes when their dogs are in the woods. This should apply both while in “training” and when “hunting” wolves. I understand that the board is limited because this monstrosity was written into law, but serious restrictions need to be put in place along with a flat out refusal to allow dogs to be “trained” against wolves during the breeding, denning, and birthing seasons. People are paying attention and this sends the wrong message to the rest of the country. This is the Board’s chance to show that some common decency remains in Wisconsin. Please act upon that responsibility.
Please take whatever you need from my letter. The NRB must be bombarded with letters showing opposition to this heinous plan.
Please watch this website for some breaking news that we are trying to confirm that will knock this entire issue on it’s head. As soon as we are able to confirm this information we will share it here.
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