Thursday, July 20, 2017

And so begins WI's 2017 sanctioned hunting hound slaughter

[Updated from 7/18/17] - - Another day, another Plott hound fatally thrown to the wolves, the DNR reports:
Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a Plott Hound on 07/18/17.  The attack occurred in Morse Township, Ashland County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. 
Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (, keyword "wolf management") to help reduce conflicts.
Wisconsin again is decidedly the national outlier when it comes to the dog-man best friend construct. 

Two Plott hounds have been reported by the Department of Natural Resources to have been 
thrown to the wolves by their owners on July 15; one dog was injured, one killed. 

Expect dozens more of these reports throughout the year in Wisconsin as legal bear-hound 'training' began July 1 - - allowing the running of GPS-'tracked' hounds often miles from their owners through known wolf rendezvous and denning areas laden with bear bait - - exhausting the bears, harassing the wolves and bringing wolves and hounds into these fatal, 'sporting' confrontations.

And Wisconsin, thanks to powerful hunting lobbies, is the only state which pays any bear hunter $2,500 for a hound killed under these circumstances, even if the hound owner ignored wolf activity warnings posted online by the DNR, or has a history of such claims, or is a known scofflaw.

And when Wisconsin had a legalize wolf hunt which may yet again be permitted if Congress approves, our state was the only one in the country that allowed hounds into the wolf hunt itself, setting up more sanctioned wolf-hound confrontations.

Further commentary at the Wisconsin Wolves of Douglas County blog.

Correction: an earlier version of this post on 7/18 mistakenly listed a Plott hound depredated in January as among the July depredations.

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