Thank You for finding us! Five years ago I started Wolf Patrol, a citizen monitoring effort that's opposed to Wisconsin's recreational wolf hunt, and other hunting practices that create violent conflicts with wolves. We believe that recovery from a war of extinction means gray wolves are allowed to recolonize suitable habitat in their former range, not just where their opponents allow. Towards that end, we have spent the last three years documenting and exposing the practices of hound hunting in Wisconsin for not only wolves, but bears and coyotes. We have also investigated the unregulated practice of bear baiting in Wisconsin, and shown how it is conditioning large predators to being fed by humans, all for a non-essential sport.
Our presence as citizens opposed to unregulated practices on public lands that negatively impact federally protected wolves and other wildlife has not gone unnoticed. Politically powerful hound hunters organized by the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association retaliated by introducing and passing an unconstitutional law in 2016, directly aimed at Wolf Patrol, that prohibits taking pictures or video on public roads and lands. This “Right to Hunt Act” as it is called, came in response to Wolf Patrol's first year in Wisconsin, and as we prepare for the July 2017, opening day of bear hound training season, we will continue to assert our right to gather data and evidence of unregulated hunting practices in wolf territory.
While there is presently no recreational wolf hunt in Wisconsin, bear hunting practices are contributing heavily to violent encounters with wolves in Wisconsin. Over the last three years, Wolf Patrol's monitoring on national forest lands has led to numerous tips to law enforcement agencies of illegal hunting activities. We also established a reward program that offers cash for information on illegal wolf killings.
In 2016, there were over 39 seperate incidents when bear hunting hounds and wolves clashed. Each Summer & Fall, bear hounds are released across northern Wisconsin, to chase and tree bears, and when these free-roaming dogs encounter wolves, often they are killed. In 2017 Wolf Patrol will be in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, where over 19 of these fights took place last year. Our goal is to document bear hunting practices like baiting and hounding that cause problems for wolves and others, and ultimately see both practices banned on national forest lands.
Help Wolf Patrol led the charge to making the intentional feeding of bears and training of bear hunting hounds illegal on our national forest lands!