MADISON, WI (WSAU) - The judge has made a decision on the use of dogs for wolf hunting, and it’s not completely what either side was hoping for. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp issued a brief statement on Judge Peter Anderson’s decision.
Information Director Bill Gosh says the department is not making any additional comment at this time other than the secretary’s statement, which is, "We are pleased that Judge Anderson removed the injunction that banned the use of dogs for hunting wolves. However, we are disappointed with Judge Anderson’s decision to prohibit training of dogs to hunt wolves. We will continue to seek input from the public and from stakeholders – including tribes – as we continue to develop permanent rules on the wolf season, and the use of dogs for both training and hunting of wolves." In summary, yes you can use dogs to hunt wolves. No, you cannot train a dog to hunt wolves.
Anderson had banned the use of dogs during the recent wolf hunt until he could issue a decision. Several humane organizations filed suit last year claiming the DNR failed to put restrictions on the use of dogs for hunting. The DNR claimed they were following the intent of the Legislature.