Register concern about wolf hounding
By: Rachel Tilseth, Knapp, Wis., Superior Telegram
In spite of overwhelming opposition, wolf hounding begins in Wisconsin on Dec. 3 as part of this year’s wolf hunt. A survey conducted by Humane Society of the United States results released in June shows: “In addition, 85 percent of voters statewide support a ban on using packs of dogs to chase down and hunt wolves.”
I’ve seen first-hand the effects of this bloody sport of running hound on bear as a seasoned Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources winter wolf/carnivore volunteer tracker. I’ve seen the torn up bodies of bear hound dogs after an encounter with wolves.
The wolves were defending their pups against a pack of hound dogs.
This year wolf hounders can use six dogs at a time to chase wolves. What will happen if the hound’s handler is not right there when the wolf turns to defend itself? I think this will turn into a bloody dog versus wolf fight resulting in dead dogs and wolves. When a wolf hounder loses a dog to this sport, he is financially compensated by the state. I am betting this is a sport that Wisconsinites will not condone.
I urge Wisconsinites’ to support Madison Democrat Sen. Fred Risser’s Senate Bill 93, which calls for the removal of dogs from the wolf hunt. This bill is sitting on the doorstep of Sen. Neil Kedzie, Contact him at email@example.com or 608-266-2635 to find out why this bill is stalled in committee.
I ask Wisconsinites to call and email their opposition to wolf hounding and end this blood sport before it begins in December.