UPDATE: Wisconsin court: Hunters can train dogs on wolves

UPDATED Thursday, July 10, 2014 --- 10:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin appeals court says hunters can train their dogs to chase wolves.

State law establishing Wisconsin's wolf hunt allows hunters to use dogs to track wolves. A group of humane societies sued in 2012 alleging the Department of Natural Resources failed to place any restrictions on dog use, setting up the bloody wolf-dog encounters.

A Dane County judge ruled hunters can run dogs on wolves during the season but can't train them on wolves the rest of the year.

The 4th District Court of Appeals on Thursday found the training prohibition has no legal effect and hunters can train dogs on wolves.

Jodi Habush Sinykin, an attorney for the humane societies, says the decision creates more urgency to change state law to clearly ban dog use on wolves.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.


UPDATED Thursday, December 20, 2012 --- 10:44 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has delayed issuing a ruling on whether wolf hunters can use dogs for the remainder of the season due to a fierce snowstorm that has smacked most of the state.

Dane County Judge Peter C. Anderson was scheduled to issue an oral ruling in the case on Thursday. He has pushed the hearing back to Jan. 4 after county officials decided to close the Madison courthouse for the day.

A group of humane societies filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging the Department of Natural Resources failed to place any real restrictions on how hunters can train and use dogs to hunt wolves. Anderson has temporarily banned the use of dogs while he weighs the case.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


UPDATED Friday, August 31, 2012 --- 4:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has blocked hunters from using dogs to go after wolves this fall.

Judge Peter C. Anderson issued a temporary injunction Friday as part of a lawsuit a group of humane societies have filed against the Department of Natural Resources. The group contends the DNR failed to impose restrictions on hunting dogs during this fall's wolf hunt, setting deadly dog-wolf clashes in the woods.

It's unclear what the ruling means for the hunt. Anderson says hunters can still go after wolves. DNR officials have warned the injunction could scuttle the hunt. They have said don't have enough time to change their regulations to reflect the dog ban before the hunt begins in mid-October.

DNR attorney Tim Andryk says the agency will have to review the judge's order.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Friday, August 31, 2012 --- 7:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge is expected to decide whether state wildlife officials must ban training for wolf hunting dogs.

A coalition of humane societies has accused the state Department of Natural Resources of failing to adopt restrictions on dogs in this fall's wolf hunt, creating the potential for deadly dog-wolf fights. The group wants Judge Peter C. Anderson to issue a temporary injunction barring the DNR from issuing wolf permits unless the agency notifies hunters they can't train dogs to hunt the animals.

DNR officials maintain such an order would effectively halt the wolf hunt because they don't have enough time to add dog restrictions to the permits before the hunt begins in October.

Anderson is expected to rule on the injunction Friday afternoon.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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