Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WI DNR can cut another $2,500 dog-wolf fighting check

As pointed out often on this blog, Wisconsin is the only state in the country that lets bear hunters run their dogs off leash during 'training' for the upcoming hunt, then pays $2,500 in state-collected funds per dead-dog after the inevitable, gory fatal encounters with bigger, stronger and predatory wolf packs that live in bear country.

Thanks to certain well-connected hunting and gun lobbies, the reimbursement program pays out the money even if the encounter takes place in known wolf territory, or if the wolves were attracted by bear bait, or if the dogs thrown into these predictably violent encounters are owned by known scofflaws or repeat $2,500 check collectors.

Here's the latest report from the WI DNR. The depredated hound - - #16 since July of this year - - was a bluetick, like this one:

Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County 
Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Bluetick hound on 10/01/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Blaine, Burnett County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpageHunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts.

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