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UPDATE: DNR to Ask Board for OK to Draw up Wolf Rules

UPDATED: Saturday, September 22, 2012 --- 2:40p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials plan to ask the Natural Resources Board this week for permission to draw up emergency regulations on the use of dogs for hunting wolves.

The request comes after a group of humane societies sued the Department of Natural of Resources last month alleging the agency's rules enacting this winter's wolf hunt don't include any restrictions on dogs. The group contends the lack of restrictions will lead to deadly dog-wolf fights. A Madison judge has temporarily banned hunters from using dogs to go after wolves while he weighs the case.

DNR officials plan to ask the board at a meeting Wednesday in Eau Claire for permission to write new emergency rules on training dogs on wolves. They also plan to request permission to draft permanent rules for dogs.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Friday, September 14, 2012 --- 3:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit challenging the use of dogs in this winter's wolf hunt.

Legislation creating the hunt allows hunters to use dogs. A group of humane societies filed a lawsuit last month alleging Department of Natural Resources rules enacting the hunt don't include any restrictions on dog training or use, setting up deadly dog-wolf fights in the woods.

The DNR asked Anderson to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing dog use doesn't harm the humane societies and the hunt legislation authorizes their use.

Dane County Judge Peter C. Anderson ruled Friday the societies have shown they may have to expend extra resources to take care of injured dogs and wolves. He says he believes the Legislature meant for the DNR to at least consider dog restrictions.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Friday, September 14, 2012 --- 7:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge is set to consider whether to throw out a lawsuit challenging the use of dogs in this winter's wolf hunt.

A group of humane societies filed the lawsuit last month alleging the Department of Natural Resources failed to restrict dog training and use in the hunt. The group contends the lack of restrictions will lead to deadly dog-wolf encounters.

Dane County Circuit Judge Peter C. Anderson issued a temporary injunction last week blocking dog training for wolves and using dogs in the hunt.

The DNR has asked Anderson to dismiss the lawsuit. The agency argues dog use doesn't cause the humane societies harm and a prohibition runs counter to legislation that allows hunters to use dogs.

Anderson is expected to consider the DNR's request during a hearing Friday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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