Fighting Wisconsin's War on Wolves
In 26 seperate incidents, last year's wolf/bear hound fights occurred because hounds were released in wolf rendezvous areas, where young pups are taken by their family members to learn how to hunt and survive away from their dens.
Since 2014, Wolf Patrol has been monitoring hunting practices in Wisconsin, such as the use of packs of up to six hounds to chase not just bears, but wolves too. Wolf Patrol's goal with this campaign is to maintain a physical encampment during the 2017 bear hound training season in northern Wisconsin.
Last year, Wolf Patrol documented multiple hound hunting parties releasing their dogs into known areas where wolves had recently killed other dogs. These hunters willingly risk their dogs lives, knowing that if they are killed by wolves, the state of Wisconsin will compensate them up to $2,500 from the Endangered Species Fund.
This Summer's monitoring encampment will be in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, where Wolf Patrol has also documented a high-density of bear baiting locations, which it has been proven, also attract wolves and other animals.
Our encampment will give members of the public the opportunity to witness for themselves, the practice of training hounds to chase bears and other wildlife on public lands. Wolf Patrol crew members will also train citizens to collect data on baiting and hound hunting activities in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, which we will use to lobby for the end of bear baiting and hound hunting on national forest lands.
The general public is welcome to visit our encampment, we invite everyone to come and discuss controversial hunting practices that negatively impact wolves and other animals. If you are unable to visit, please check out our wish list, which is full of neccesary items that will help make this Summer's campaign effective and successful.
Wolf Patrol is a citizen-monitoring group comprised primarily of Wisconsin & Michigan residents. All volunteers are obligated to adhere to all local, state and federal laws, and work closely with state and federal wildlife agencies to help prevent illegal hunting activities. Come visit us the Summer and see for yourself what bear hunters in Wisconsin are doing on our national forest lands!
We are continuing to monitor bear hound training and baiting activity on national forest lands occupied by wolves. Despite the loss of three of our trail cameras, which were stolen by bear hunters yesterday and today, we will continue conducting our research into these horrible practices allowed in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
And that's not the worst. Every year during bear hound training season in Wisconsin, numerous bear hounds are killed by wolves as the dogs chase bears through summer wolf rendezvous sites, where young wolf pups are vulnerable. Despite these areas being classified as "Wolf Caution Areas" by the WDNR, bear hunters will continue to release their dogs into harm's way, knowing the state's Endangered Species Fund will compensate a hound hunter up to $2,500.00 for any hound killed or injured by a wolf.
If you agree that its reckless and irresponsible to feed the bears in our national forests and allow hounds to harass federally protected gray wolves on our public lands, please join Wolf Patrol in our fight to end bear baiting and bear hound training in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest!
Throughout the 2018 bear hound training season, Wolf Patrol will be monitoring training activities in known wolf pack areas where illegal bear baiting and wolf poaching have occurred. Our monitors will be investigating bear baiting and training practices in areas where we know wolves are. In order to be effective, we need your help! If you cannot join us in the field, please consider making a donation.
Ending the feeding of bears in our national forests and the harassment and killing of wolves by bear hunters is Wolf Patrol's mission. We are an all-volunteer group of local citizens dedicated to the preservation of the gray wolf and the prevention of illegal hunting practices. Join us in our struggle to protect public lands for all wildlife and non consumptive human users!
Dear Friends of Wisconsin's Wildlife,
2018 is a year for much needed change in Wisconsin's barbaric hound hunting practices, that not only impact gray wolves, but are the source of much cruelty against public trust wildlife in the state.
This year Wolf Patrol has been successful in drawing much attention to the inherent animal cruelty that every hound hunter knows is a part of coyote hunting with hounds in Wisconsin. In January, a Wolf Patrol citizen's monitoring crew was illegal detained by a mob of coyote hunters and assaulted because hounders in Wisconsin do not want Wolf Patrol's cameras to document their cruelty.
Following the incident, Forest County Sheriff's deputies seized our cameras, only to return them without charge a week later. In February 2018, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation officers affirmed Wolf Patrol's right to monitor hound hunting practices in Wisconsin, stating that they would not be recommending hunter harassment charges against Wolf Patrol for the January incident. Instead, WDNR officers informed us that they would be investigating the hound hunters we encountered for animal cruelty and hunting violations.
The entire month of March has been busy for Wolf Patrol, as we continue our expose' of Wisconsin's hound hunting practices with a series of videos published by hounders themselves on Facebook. We are calling the campaign, "Wisconsin's War on Wildlife" and to this date have published 20 videos depicting illegal acts of animal cruelty committed by licensed Wisconsin hunters and trappers.
The campaign has not only led to a criminal investigation of the cruelty and abuse Wolf Patrol has exposed, it is leading to charges of felony animal cruelty against at least one individual, Jason Armbruster of Amery, Wisconsin who face over 20 years in prison for allowing his dogs to maul and kill raccoons.
Our campaign is continuing, and in the last six weeks, Wolf Patrol has been in contact with law enforcement authorities in four different states to report other acts of animal abuse and illegality committed by hound hunters in Wisconsin and other states.
Wolf Patrol's campaign success has not come without a price. The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and Wisconsin Representative Adam Jarchow continue to call out for action to stop our progress, even allowing for calls of violence against our crew for asserting our constitutional rights to monitor hunting activities on public lands. Other state legislators are calling for Wolf Patrol to be removed as volunteer trackers for the WDNR's annual Large Carnivore Survey.
WE ARE ONLY BEGINNING...
The next step involves you. Wolf Patrol will remain as a watch dog, guarding wildlife in Wisconsin from abuse and illegality, but we need your help to keep the hounders on the run! By contributing to Wolf Patrol you are supporting the only organization currently exposing hound hunting abuses in Wisconsin AND that gets those abuses investigated by state conservation officers.
If you'd like to see Wolf Patrol remain on WDNR Chief Warden Schaller's speed dial, please contribute to our Spring and Summer campaign to expose Wisconsin's bear hound training season which is just around the corner.
We are not only looking for your money, we need you help in the field too! Consider joining Wolf Patrol's citizen monitor's this July as we spend the entire months of July and August monitoring bear hound training practices in active wolf territory within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. If interested, contact us for a crew application!
For the coyotes, bobcats and raccoons whose death's were seen in the many videos Wolf Patrol has published this month, it might be too late, but not for their children. Join us in our battle to end the animal cruelty that has become inherent with hound hunting in Wisconsin.
For the Wildlife of Wisconsin,
Field Campaign Coordinator/Wolf Patrol
Wolf Patrol has returned to northern Wisconsin! We will be monitoring continuing threats posed to federally protected wolves and hunting practices that create conflicts with people and wildlife. It didn't take long for us to encounter the kind of resistance that has allowed Wisconsin to become a haven for unethical wildlife killers. We can't in good standing refer to these people as hunters. They are killers who use packs of dogs, large parties of armed men, satellites, trucks and snowmobiles to chase a single wild animal...and it needs to stop!
Wisconsin hound hunters are violating the rights of others wishing to access public lands and roads, as was proven on January 27, 2018 when local coyote hounders from the Laona area blockaded public roads, detained and assaulted Wolf Patrol's crew.
It is not illegal to photograph hunters in Wisconsin. That is why in July 2017, Wolf Patrol met with county, state and federal law enforcement to discuss the escalation of confrontations from hound hunters who believe otherwise.
The Right to Hunt Act was passed in 2016, but has yet to be used against Wolf Patrol's citizen monitors, because county prosecutors in Wisconsin know the law is probably unconstitutional, and could result in expensive lawsuits for any county wishing to prosecute anyone under the Right to Hunt Act.
We are awaiting word from Forest County officials, who have said they will review the evidence of the confrontation from cameras seized, and will then determine whether any charges will be filed against anyone. Wolf Patrol believes our video evidence clearly demonstrates that we were acting within our rights, to be driving on a public road photographing a hunting party operating in a densely populated area.
We also believe our video clearly shows that one hound hunter used his truck in a menacing and illegal fashion, threatening to run over a Wolf Patrol member and pushing his body with his full size truck. We intend to press charges and hope Forest County officials will chose to send a message to local hound hunters, that you cannot legally assault and detain people taking pictures of your hunting practices in public places.
But if Forest County officials decide to charge Wolf Patrol with violating the Right to Hunt Act or any other law, we will use the county courtroom as a platform to expose the kinds of hunting activities politicians are willing to defend. Hunting and shooting from public roads, closing public roads while they are being used for hunting, and assaulting and threatening anyone who tries to expose those practices in northern Wisconsin.
The dangerous incident in Forest County will not deter Wolf Patrol from continuing its mission to investigate, document and expose controversial hunting practices in Wisconsin. This was the third year we were patrolling public hunting areas in Forest County, and its the third year we encountered angry hound hunters who willingly express their desire to not only kill wolves, but assault those hoping to protect them. We will not be deterred from exercising our constitutional right to lobby for changes to public policy on public lands.
Please join us in the battle to bring an end to unethical hunting practices in Wisconsin! You can contribute to our campaign, or join as a volunteer and train to become a citizen monitor in your own home area. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to represent public interests on public lands and to stand for the wolves and the wild. However dangerous it might be, that is our job!
For The Wild,
Field Campaign Coordinator
Good-looking movie trailer. It's revealing to see the County Sheriff's Deputy misquoting the law and threatening arrest, apparently in order to harass the hunt monitors. I suppose the Deputy was able to claim ignorance of the law in order to avoid prosecution. Otherwise, this would seem to be illegal harassment of the hunt monitors by the Deputy. The law on "interference with hunting, fishing, or trapping" isn't really that complicated. It can be found by searching for "Wisconsin Statutes 29.083," including the prohibitions under item 2(a), especially 2(a)7.
Rod, thank you for your courageous work in the northern woods of WI, where desperado hounders plunder and terrorize the land and all its wildlife with unlimited baiting and unleashed dogs chasing everything that moves! You're doing great work, and let's hope that your group is recognized on a national level for standing up for non-consumptives who enjoy the wilderness WITHOUT baying hounds, loud trucks, and drunk dog handlers who think they own our national lands!
The article referenced in Update 8: Kirby, Rebecca, David M. MacFarland, and Jonathan N. Pauli. 2017. “Consumption of Intentional Food Subsidies by a Hunted Carnivore.” Journal of Wildlife Management, July. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21304. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/jwmg.21304/abstract
When you meet with USFS , Bayfield Sherif etc. They should be made aware of your large cross section of supporters including LOHVWI.ORG, several active and retired Humane officers... also, if you have not yet net with GLIFWC staff such as Peter David or John Zorn. Zorn wrote an eloquent biologically based argument against the out of control Wolf Hunt two and three years ago.
In Update 5, you wrote that "A DNR conservation warden has since explained that it is only illegal to have more than six dogs IN ACTUAL PURSUIT of a bear, but otherwise there is no limit on the number of dogs a hound hunter can have on the ground searching for scent." To the contrary, the 2017 WI Bear Hunting Regulations say that "it is illegal to hunt, train dogs or pursue bear with more than 6 dogs in a single pack, regardless of the number of bear hunters or the dog’s ownership."
I think there was a solution here. I believe that it is illegal to run hounds after sunset. About 16 years ago a friend and I who were stargazing, were chased out of a field by hounds at about 10 pm. To this day I regret never having reported them since there were about 3 pickups traveling up and down at high speeds.