Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin(WODCW) wants to remind the citizens of WI, that starting December 2014 the State of Wisconsin will allow the cruel and inhumane practice of hunting wolves with dogs.
Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that allows the use of free-ranging dogs equipped with radio collars to chase down wolves and kill them. In a poll taken (here), by the Human Society of United States, in June of 2013, 85% of people in WI did not want hounding to take place.
Get the FAQs on hound hunting wolves here: http://wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com/2014/08/13/wodcw-faq-sheet-on-wolf-hound-hunting/
“We want Wisconsinites to know what will happen when packs of dogs are unleashed on wolves”, said Rachel Tilseth, founder of WODCW. “It is not a fair fight. The hound hunters are allowed to place homemade collars on their dogs, which are fitted with nails and shards of steel, which will lacerate the mouths of the wolves once wolves try to fight back. There is no way for the wolf to defend themselves before the hounds’ owners catch up to the pack tearing the wolf apart.”
Last year’s Wolf hunt where dogs were used for the first time in decades was a sham. There were no rules, no enforcement, and botched investigations by WDNR that proved WI is now the laughingstock of the civilized world.
WODCW wanted independent veterinarians in on any investigations of the 35 wolves killed by the use of dogs, but that never happened. Full story here: http://www.wpr.org/dnr-ends-wolf-hunting-season
New to this second wolf-hounding season. In July 2014, a judge ruled that dogs can be trained to chase wolves. WDNR Wolf Advisory Committee has recommended a training period from the end of gun deer hunt season and run through February. This is wolf breeding season, and wolves protect their mates. “I am certain that wolves will defend their mates from hound hunting dogs at this time of year resulting in brutal conflicts,” Tilseth stated.
Press members are encouraged to join WODCW in the woods to expose this form of cruelty to educate Wisconsin residents on this archaic method of killing wolves. “There has never been a more critical time for the people of WI to show they are not going to give in to a small group of fringe hunters who want to torture animals for fun under the guise of legalized sport here in WI’s north woods.
Tilseth stated, “Wolf hounding is a return to the days when hunters drove wolves to the brink of extinction.” We ask you all to call and email your opposition to wolf hounding and end this bloodletting before it begins in December”.
About Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin
Rachel Tilseth founded wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin after spending 13 years as a WI DNR winter carnivore/wolf tracker volunteer under the supervision of former head wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven. Tilseth is a long-time WI resident, educator, and artist.