Monday, September 9, 2019

19th WI hound fatally thrown to WI wolves in 2 months: $2,500 state check available.

It's happened again, and in a Price County area with multiple, recent fatal hound-wolf encounters about which the DNR had posted, to no avail. 

This year's hound death toll in Wisconsin is actually 20, as one hunting dog was killed in January. 

So we're about half-way to the 2016 record slaughter of 41 hounds, and the bear hunting season when GPS-collared hounds are running free through wolf country has weeks to go.

Until the state stops paying them $2,500 for each off-leash bear-chasing hound so lost, hunting dog owners in Wisconsin won't stop releasing their animals to chase wildlife - - wolves are still federally-protected, though social media carries reports of wolf poaching under the 'shoot shovel and shut' mantra - - and be overpowered and killed by the larger, pack-organized and dominant predators.

This only-in-Wisconsin payment system after wolf-hound fighting has been in place since 1985.

Here is a DNR website with minimal information about the hound deaths. 

The reported hound death in Price County was the 19th since bear-chasing-training season began 61 days ago and has now given way to bear-chasing-treeing-and-shooting season which began Wednesday, September 4.

Hound owners are eligible for the state reimbursement even if they released the dog into known wolf territory, or near bait which attracts both bears and wolves, or if the hound owner is a scofflaw, a repeat reimbursement collector, and so on.

The hound killed on 9/6 in Price County was a Plott hound, perhaps like this one:

Plott hound


cynicann said...

Nineteen hounds killed @ $2,500 is $47,500 in WI taxpayer $$s, and season's not over yet.
How do you raise, train, care for a dog, then turn them loose with potential of getting ripped apart by wolves, mauled by bears?
Still don't understand why people kill bears. Never heard of anyone eating bear meat, nor see people wrapped in bearskins for warmth.

Unknown said... Check out the Wisconsin Conservation Congress minutes in this link in section II B. I wrote a resolution to not reimburse hounders for losses incurred in designated wolf caution areas. I handed out maps that showed 50 instances of hound depredations/injuries within only a quarter of a mile to one mile apart from each other. Of course the caution areas have a four mile radius. So what does the WCC write in their minutes of the meeting? ""Hound hunters do not turn dogs loose in areas of known wolf attacks." And these are the people who set policies. Liars!!!!