Washington, DC — Hunters unleashing packs of dogs to tree bears in Wisconsin woods are criminally harassing gray wolves in violation of the Endangered Species Act, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The complaint cites state payments to hunters to compensate for hunting dogs killed or injured in clashes with wolves as evidence of violations.
I stopped along a country road to check some bear scat, and right above me perched in a tree was a very vocal raven. it is said that ravens will tell you where the wolves are, and this one spilled the beans. We heard wolves just a mile up the road.
In the northern forests of Wisconsin the wolf resides. This year there’s been a record amount of rainfall making this ecosystem extremely lush. I heard song birds, Sandhills crane, whiperwill, raven and timber wolf.
The Bird Sanctuary in northern Wisconsin is part of wolf country. I journeyed north on Friday evening to conduct a wolf howl survey. The night sky was full of thirsty insects, and hungrier bats.
Despite all of our phone calls, emails, and letters the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed S 1514, bringing this anti-wildlife and anti-environmental bill one step closer to the Senate floor. Read the press release from the HSUS to see what else this bill harms besides wolves.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Passes Harmful Anti-Wildlife Bill
The Human Society of the United States | July 26, 2017
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed the misnamed “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act,” S. 1514, which strips wolves of their federal protections in three states under the Endangered Species Act, subverting the judicial process and all but guaranteeing that hundreds of wolves are subjected to baiting, hound hunting, and cruel trapping practices. The bill contains other harmful provisions for wildlife, such as preventing limits on toxic lead in aquatic environments, and allowing 41 wealthy trophy hunters to import sport-hunted trophies of polar bears shot in the Arctic even though polar bears are a threatened species.
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This wolf pack lives in the northern forests of Wisconsin. This wolf pack is protected by the Endangered Species Act, as of December 19, 2014 when a federal judge returned them to the ESL. The pack is also part of the Red Cliff reservation, and protected by a six mile buffer zone around the reservation . Wisconsin’s wolf recovery began in the late 1970s. Great Lakes wolves were delisted in 2012 and Wisconsin held three wolf hunts until a federal judge returned them to the Endangered Species Act in December 2014. Congress is preparing a bill s. 1514 that calls for delisting of wolves, and also removes any judicial review. Please contact your congressional representatives today. Say “no” to delisting wolves. Stop the war on wolves!
July first began the harassment of an endangered species in Wisconsin’s north woods.
Hunters using dogs in pursuit of bear in the norths woods of Wisconsin run their hounds right through wolf rendezvous sites (where wolf pups are kept). Wolf pups are only about three months old when hunters begin running their dogs on bear. They run hounds through known wolf caution areas; even though WDNR sends out alerts to avoid those areas. In 1982 Wisconsin started a wolf depredation program. Wolf depredation program pays $2,500.00 per hunting dog. In 2016 thirty-seven bear hunting dogs were killed in the pursuit of bear. Several bear hunters received multiple wolf depredation program payments, and even ones with criminal charges; such as poaching a black bear.
That’s not even the worst of it.
In 2015 Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association (WBA) worked at loosening regulations for bear hunters using dogs in pursuit of bear. It’s a mystery as to just how many dogs in pursuit of bear are running through the woods during training & hunting. Why is this a mystery? Because a change in regulations took place that removed the Class B bear training & hunting license. Because of that change it’s impossible to know; just how many dogs in pursuit of bear are running through the woods. It’s all carefully crafted propaganda to make the wolf look bad. Click here for more