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!
I just wanted to give you a quick update and share with you possibly the cutest trail camera footage Wolf Patrol has ever captured! Rarely are we able to simply enjoy the presence of wolves again in Wisconsin. These three wolf pups have galvanized Wolf Patrol's commitment to change bear hunting practices in Wisconsin that cause conflicts with wolves on our national forest lands. I hope they will invigorate your own interests as well!
Its the mid-way point in Wisconsin's bear hound training season and six deadly conflicts between wolves and hounds have been reported so far. August is traditionally the month the depredations really start to pile up, so thank you again for giving Wolf Patrol the ability to respond when they occur.
We want this to be the last Summer of deadly conflict between bear hounds and wolves, so lets keep the pressure on USFS & WDNR officials to do something, anything to address chronic bear baiting and hound training in Wolf Caution Areas especially.
On behalf of my crew, myself and these little wolf pups,
thank you for helping expose unethical hunting practices in Wisconsin!
Dear Wolf Patrol Supporters!
Its been a busy few weeks since Wisconsin's bear hound training season began, but thanks to your help, we are reporting directly from the conflict zones, where bear hounds and wolves are fighting.
Of the 4 wolf depredations on bear hounds so far this Summer, three have been in our patrol area. This is not a coincidence, we chose our patrol area because it represents an area with a healthy native wolf population, but is also popular to bait bears and run hounds in the Summer and Fall seasons.
The wolves of this part of our national forest are under a direct assault by bear hunters. Maybe not directly, but bear baiting is altering the behavior of not only bears, but wolves as well, meaning more conflicts when bear hounds are released in the area.
Wolf Patrol will be here watching for any hounds running through WDNR Wolf Caution Areas as well as investigating bear baits in the depredation areas to ensure they are compliant with WDNR regulations.
I hope you can get some enjoyment out of the video with this update! These three wolf pups have never experienced a bear hound training season yet, all they know is that bear bait logs are fun to play with!
From the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest,
Now I'm concerned that more hounds will be killed this weekend, and only Wolf Patrol stands between the hounds and wolves. I'm not sure what we will do, but I promise you that I am ready to make my stand to protect both.
Thanks everyone who has stood by me, these last five years that Wolf Patrol has made our stand against bear hunters and wolf haters. We will have a British film crew with us on the 27th & 28th, so hopefully some international media attention will make WDNR & USFS act responsibly.
Stay tuned, things are heating up in Forest County, and the last time that happened, it took the County Sheriff to cool things down. We are ready!
For the Firekeepers,
Just wanted to let everyone know that we are back in Forest County, Wisconsin where a wolf killed a bear hound this past Saturday. As soon as we heard the news, we dispatched to the area and have placed trail cameras throughout the area to monitor both bear hunters and wolf activity.
Be forewarned, we expect more depredations to follow as bear hunters ignore warnings and continue operating in areas where they know their hounds are at risk. That is why we aren't leaving.
Thanks to all of your support, we heard about this latest depredation two days before it was reported by WDNR. After five years monitoring bear hunters, we have established multiple sources of information with not only wildlife officials but even bear hunters as well who are opposed to some of the same practices Wolf Patrol has been fighting against.
Rest assured, we are on patrol and on guard for any attempts at retribution against wolves for defending their territory and families!
From the Field,
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!
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."
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.
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.
Video wouldn't work for me, but I did find this Wolf Patrol bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrLrwH0KojI