Sunday, June 11, 2017

WI wolf 'hunt' means chase-dogs, leg traps, then gunshots

You will reading more and more about pressure by politicians like the perpetually-campaigning Scott Walker to again legalize gray wolf killing in Wisconsin.
gray wolf
Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
But read past the sugar-coating terms like Walker's wolf population "thinning," or talk about wolf "management" and "dispatch" and "harvest" for the true facts:

Wisconsin is the only state in the country that allowed the use of hounds in this 'sport' to chase down wolves.

And most of the wolves killed during the recent 2012-2014 Wisconsin seasons prior to the institution of the federal ban were caught by trappers using metal foot snares, as this explained in this comprehensive report:
As in previous seasons, most wolves were taken by trappers using foothold traps. This year, about 80% of the wolves have been registered as trapper kills.
Wolves caught in a snare are then to be killed with a gunshot, according to the DNR's published procedures.

And this is just a glimpse of the cruel hunting and 'training' practices Wisconsin enables through licensing.
Wisconsin hunters are also allowed to train their dogs against a variety of living, captive, caged wild animals - - up to caged bears hosted off the ground while hound bark and snap at them. 
In some cases, small animals, like trapped raccoons, are allowed to be put into cages that roll - - so-called "roll cages" - - as part of the dogs' training.
If killing wolves is to be legalized again, let's be honest about what that and the rest of it means.

Final note: Much of Wisconsin's hunting policies, like the only-in-the-US publicly funded reimbursement of $2,500 to bear hounders who let their dogs run into conflict with wolves, can be traced to the politically and financially powerful bear hunting lobby.

Bears are killed by the thousands each year in Wisconsin, DNR data show.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I was at my veteranarian's office recently, a man brought in a dog that was seriously injured while hunting. The dog was in so much pain, yet his owner was laughing and talking about how his dog would soon be able to hunt wolves, bears, etc., with his other dogs. This man had no compassion. The vet and staff, were heartsick over this, as was I. The vet said there was no way the dog would survive.

What is wrong with dog owners/"hunters" who are like this? So cruel and unfeeling. And according to the vet, there are a lot of them.