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It’s Time to Put Our Money Where Our Mouths Are When It Comes to Hounding: Please Help Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf


Following the latest wolf slaughter season the anti-wildlife and anti-wolf factions have become even more emboldened. They openly brag on Facebook hate pages of poaching and even advocating the use of poison. The Wisconsin DNR has been presented with dozens of photographs, videos, and statements showing wolf/bear/coyote/bobcat hounders violating numerous rules and regulations and they refuse to take any action.

One of the most blatant examples of the DNR refusing to enforce their own rules and regulations concerns the refusal by their “investigators” to cite hounders, trappers,and shooters that do not tag killed wolves IMMEDIATELY as is stated in their own rules:

Tagging and Registration
Upon killing a wolf, the harvester must do all of the following:
1) immediately validate and attach the PELT tag to the wolf in the manner described on the tag. After skinning the wolf, the CARCASS tag shall be attached to the skinned carcass, and the PELT tag shall be left attached to the pelt

Each time wildlife advocates have filed a complaint regarding snuff pictures of untagged wolves being posted on the internet the DNR “Commercial and Internet Enforcement Administrator, John M. Welke, sends the complainant a canned email response stating:

The photo of the wolf you submitted occurred minutes after harvest and the wolf was tagged within minutes after the photo was taken.

I am left wondering where in their own rules does IMMEDIATELY mean after taking a bunch of grinning snuff pics over the dead animal?

Then we have the photos and videos submitted to the DNR showing hounders allowing their dogs to attack bears, coyotes, and bobcats in clear violation of state law. Welke again tells the complainants that there is “no violation” and that no action will be taken.

Various other complaints have been filed by wildlife advocates concerning photos showing hounders posing over dead wolves with more than the allotted SIX hounds. Again the DNR “investigator” sends out a canned response stating that the hounders did nothing wrong.

What is it going to take to force the DNR to enforce their own rules and stop protecting the hounders and wolf haters? This is where we need your help:

As a board member of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf we are working on a plan to educate the general public about the brutal nature of hounding and the often illegal behavior that the DNR condones. Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf is asking that concerned wildlife advocates help fund an education program that will allow us to spread the word about the brutal act of hounding and how the Wisconsin DNR promotes and condones legalized animal fighting. We also aim to show people how hounders treat their “beloved” hound dogs. We plan to do this through direct mail and other forms of media. This takes money and that is why we are asking for your help..

Through the generous donations of several wildlife advocates we were able to fund the placement of a billboard near Wisconsin Dells this past summer. Now we need to ramp up the pressure and work to educate the public about hounding and the behavior of the hounders in our state. Please consider a donation to Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf so that we can accomplish this goal. Donations can be made at the website below via PayPal:

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Donations

Donations can also be mailed to:

117 Ardmore Dr.

Madison, WI 53713

Please make check payable to: FOTWW

We are asking for the help of concerned wildlife advocates and a donation of any amount will help us get the message out through various forms of media. The hounders are very well funded and essentially own our state elected officials. We need the help of the public to tip that balance. Please consider donating.

Thank you in advance for your generous, tax-deductible, support of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf–a 501c3, not for profit, organization.

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Donations


Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Hounding, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves


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Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Unveils Billboard and Takes Fight to the Public

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf billboard unveiled on I90/I94 near Wisconsin Dells.

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf billboard unveiled on I90/I94 near Wisconsin Dells.

**Disclaimer** I am a member of the Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Board of Directors.

Tired of being ignored by the State of Wisconsin Legislature, Department of Natural Resources, and Natural Resources Board, a group of Wisconsin wildlife advocates have decided to take our message directly to the public. This week grass roots wildlife advocacy group, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, have taken the first step in a campaign to educate and inform the public about the reckless and brutal campaign being waged against Wisconsin’s wolf population.

Here is the official press release from Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf:



For more information:

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf

117 Ardmore Drive

Madison, WI 53713



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                              August 8th, 2013


(Madison, WI)- In an effort to increase awareness about the upcoming Wisconsin wolf hunt, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, a non-profit wolf advocacy group with members all over the state, placed a billboard between mile marker 191 & 192, on Hwy A that goes over I 90/94. The controversial billboard shows wolf families in the sights of a rifle stating “SHAME ON WISCONSIN”, with a hope to increase involvement of the public with the non-profit and to engage tourists in voicing their concerns over the recently de-listed grey wolf hunt.

This year’s wolf hunt with have a quota of nearly 300 wolves.  With recent data released from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources nearly 75% of those wolves killed were juveniles. “While we are relieved that breeding adults mostly survived last year’s hunt, we are deeply concerned about the sustainability of this hunt with a goal of bringing our population down to 350 wolves, nearly as fast as they can with little regard for what is best for Wisconsin’s ecosystem and wolves”, said Melissa Smith, director of the Friends of the WI Wolf group.

 Last year, the quota of 117 was met in a very short time, mostly by trapping. This year however, dogs will be used to hunt wolves, which Friends of the WI Wolf group believes is “state-sanctioned dog fighting”. In addition, the group has been working hard to bring awareness about the practices of hounding in general and captive wildlife penning, both legal in Wisconsin. “I know if the public saw what I just saw on this YouTube video, (a video showing hounds attacking a coyote) they would be outraged. And this year, this inhumane practice will also include wolves”, said Patty Maringer-Fitzpatrick, vice president of the group.

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf hopes to be able to raise 1,000 dollars to keep the billboard in the Wisconsin Dells up through gun-deer season and to even expand into other places such as Milwaukee and Door County. The donation will be matched by a generous donor if they are able to meet their funding goals.

Contact: Melissa Smith, Executive Director,, 608-234-8860

About Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf: FOTWW is a small, privately funded non profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wolves in Wisconsin. You can visit them on Facebook as well at




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