Capitol Report: Wisconsin wolf hunt to go on, despite court ruling

2012-09-05T15:30:00Z 2012-09-08T13:47:49Z Capitol Report: Wisconsin wolf hunt to go on, despite court rulingJESSICA VANEGEREN | The Capital Times | jvanegeren@madison.com madison.com

The state’s first official wolf hunt will still begin Oct. 15, despite a Dane County Circuit Court judge’s ruling Friday that put a temporary stop to the use of dogs during the hunt, a top administrator with the state said Wednesday.

Judge Peter Anderson’s ruling last week, which also banned the training of dogs to hunt wolves, put the state in the position of deciding whether to start the hunt or call it off until staff with the Department of Natural Resources could rewrite regulations dictating how dogs could be trained and used to hunt wolves in a manner that would protect them from violent confrontations.

Kurt Thiede, the department’s land division administrator, said because the wolf hunt rules specified that dogs could not be used until Nov. 26 - or the first Monday following the end of the nine-day gun deer-hunting season - the department has decided to go ahead and start the wolf season.

“We are moving ahead with the hunt beginning Oct. 15,” Thiede says. “From now until Nov. 26, we will be working to address the dog issues.”

He said at this time, it is unclear if the Legislature, the Natural Resources Board or both entities would have to approve any dog-specific changes to the wolf hunt.

Anderson's issuance of a temporary injunction came in a lawsuit brought by several Wisconsin humane societies, who claimed the lack of rules to protect dogs used for wolf hunting from violent conflict with wolves would lead to the unnecessary killing of hunting hounds. Wisconsin is the only state that would allow dogs to be used to hunt wolves.

Anderson is set to rule Sept. 14 on a motion from the state to dismiss the lawsuit.

To date, more than 19,000 applications for wolf hunting permits have been submitted to the state. The DNR says it will award 1,160 permits,with a harvest quota of 201 wolves for this first season. The most recent official estimate places the number of wolves in the state at more than 850.

“We are very pleased to be moving forward with the season,” Thiede says.

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  1. sarge
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    sarge - September 07, 2012 11:39 am
    actually it is political...in the shock and awe sense the repubs have adopted...passing meaningless useless devisive legislation simply to overwhelm and demoralize. it's akin to allowing the iraqi national museum be looted or dropping a few humndred thousand bombs on civillians a day and a half...its a interesting neocon philosophy that actually includes everything from creating purposeful economic chaos to....declaring open season on the few wolves in northern wisconsin so they can be hunted by drunken rednecks with dogs


    go ahead boys shoot you some wolves but then eat em up...(wolf tartar on rye crisps sound awful nice)or be exactly the kind of scum we all learned about from our grandads
  2. sarge
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    sarge - September 07, 2012 11:27 am
    on the other hand I saw tghe excelellent and very realistic movie "the graying" on netflix the other day and it is quite probable that these wolves will hunt the alpha males among us humans and kill them all...cuz they do that.

    it would seem to be in our interest dem and repub alike to get our guns and rally around anyone who looks like liam neisen
  3. sarge
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    sarge - September 07, 2012 11:18 am
    i should add that there is a near 100% chance that a redneck will "depredate" some species I enjoy, be it wolf dove, crane or or capitol protester....question for you is:should we open a season on 'em?
  4. sarge
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    sarge - September 07, 2012 11:16 am
    when the deer and rabbits munch on my garden i build a better fence...i dont blame the deer and rabbits for doing what god intended...not to mwention that if a wold eats your sheep...the DNR sends you a check.
  5. truthbetold
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    truthbetold - September 06, 2012 11:46 pm
    DJZ324 How so..... its simple math..... last year (2011) 780 wolves killed and maimed 169 domestic animals...... 8 year lifespan x 169 per year = what! Keep in mind this is what was paid & confirmed depredation from the Wisconsin DNR Web site. Dr Mech says only one is six depredations are confirmed........ the USDA says it is more like one in 20!

    So DJZ324, please help me figure out what the odds of the wolf in Wisconsin will depredate ON AVERAGE........
  6. truthbetold
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    truthbetold - September 06, 2012 11:20 pm
    I'm sorry Norby........I don't genuflect to the wolf like some. There are some that pay homage to these vermin...... in Wisconsin despite the fact that it is documented that this killer has mauled and killed at least 1400 domestic animals in recent years. (Yes DOMESTIC......!) And that the adult wolf has MORE THAN a 100% chance ON AVERAGE to depredate on someone's livestock or pet over its 8 year average life span some still oppose hunting and trapping on the basis of animal cruelty! The irony and hypocrisy is laughable and makes one think if the wolf huggers truly care about the welfare of animals!
  7. rali74
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    rali74 - September 06, 2012 1:27 pm
    This troll also goes under the names "truthbetold" and "nowolves." They troll wolf stories all over the country.
  8. Retoother
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    Retoother - September 06, 2012 8:31 am
    LOL Rosalie.....yes only the bird watchers are in the outdoors year around.


    You people are so full of yourselves.......just wait until the WIS SC over turns the liberal judges decision. YOu can keep crying.
  9. Retoother
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    Retoother - September 06, 2012 8:29 am
    it's "billions" genius.
  10. Rosalie
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    Rosalie - September 06, 2012 12:55 am
    reality22 said :It's a sad thing when people like Rosalie are so removed and disneyfied on how the chicken and steak got to the grocery store that they can be hypocritical to the hunter / sportsman!

    That's only wishful thinking on your part. I've been an avid birdwatcher and hiker for over thirty years - which allows one to be outdoors in all kinds of weather, day and night, in every month of the year - which is a lot more than so-called "sportsmen" aka recreational animal killers)
  11. Norby
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    Norby - September 05, 2012 10:59 pm
    Reality22,

    In the hundred of thousands (millions ?) of years this world has existed, what animal has done the most "depredation"? I will give you a hint, it is not wolves. We are the only species to ever walk the planet with the ability to completely destroy the world. Cut the wolves some slack.
  12. DJZ324
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    DJZ324 - September 05, 2012 9:27 pm
    reality22 You are simply wrong on the ecology of wolves and the impact of wolves on livestock and pets. Moreover, your hyperbolic rants and creepy stalking of madison.com on the wolf issue is weird.
  13. truthbetold
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    truthbetold - September 05, 2012 8:49 pm
    Take a look at aequalitas last few post by clicking on his name......this odd duck has more hate for Walker, Ryan than dollars borrowed by Obama! He(or she) would only be happy If only he(or she) could put the Unions in charge of the union!
  14. truthbetold
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    truthbetold - September 05, 2012 8:42 pm
    aequalitas...... what may I ask does Scott Walker have to do with this.....do you know how many Democrats voted for the Wolf bill......? Must be hard to live with yourself....with the hate you display in your posts! Walker & wolves .....please!
  15. aequalitas
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    aequalitas - September 05, 2012 8:17 pm
    Not to mention what happened with Little Red Riding Hood. That wolf was big and bad. Luckily the woodsman was there in time to save Red and her grandmother. I wouldn't blame 19 northern counties for backing a wolf hunt after what happend to Red. Will people never learn?

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention. Little Red Riding Hood is a fairtale. But blasting 201 inedible wolves to smithereens in the name of "sport" is all too real, thanks to Scott Walker.
  16. reality22
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    reality22 - September 05, 2012 6:50 pm
    It's a sad thing when people like Rosalie are so removed and disneyfied on how the chicken and steak got to the grocery store that they can be hypocritical to the hunter / sportsman! Every year Wisconsin produces over 1 million pounds of healthy organic venison, while at the same time keep game in check with their environment which typically is not the biological capacity but is the social capacity. Keeping the wolf in check with its “social capacity” is also important. Overwhelmingly the people of northern Wisconsin have spoken…… 19 Northern County boards have passed resolutions against any changes to the 350 wolf population goal in the Wisconsin Wolf management plan….. the “social capacity”!
  17. reality22
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    reality22 - September 05, 2012 6:24 pm
    PosterX is one of the "twisted" ones. As Paul Harvey used to say..... here is the rest of the story.....

    The adult wolf ON AVERAGE has more than 100% chance of depredating (killing or maiming) on someone’s livestock or pet over its 8 year average life span.

    For the last 20 Years in Wisconsin the wolf has set at least one new record for depredation either in quantity or dollars or one of the categories in which they keep track!

    The so called "scientists" that tout and float the idea that the wolf will "self-regulate” should be exposed with extreme prejudice .....for they do the wolf no favors.

    19 Northern Wisconsin county boards have passed resolutions against the wolf and any changes to the Wisconsin wolf management plan.

    Wolves eat in an additive manner….the notion that they only eat the old sick and week is simply a lie!
  18. TheJudoon
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    TheJudoon - September 05, 2012 5:57 pm
    Well, they have not obeyed the law since taking office.
    Why start now?
  19. aspyder
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    aspyder - September 05, 2012 5:27 pm
    Wis_taxpayer ... always political. It's really sad to see you so bitter all the time.
  20. Wis_taxpayer
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    Wis_taxpayer - September 05, 2012 5:03 pm
    That sounds like the Republican path to the Presidency.
  21. Rosalie
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    Rosalie - September 05, 2012 3:54 pm
    For sure! You'd think that after centuries of civilization and "progress", people would have evolved beyond the point of finding enjoyment in pursuing other life forms, terrorizing and inflicting fatal injuries upon them.
  22. PosterX
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    PosterX - September 05, 2012 3:34 pm
    Read this, and then reread it:

    "To date, more than 19,000 applications for wolf hunting permits have been submitted to the state. The DNR says it will award 1,160 permits,with a harvest quota of 201 wolves for this first season. The most recent official estimate places the number of wolves in the state at more than 850."

    There are some twisted people in this state!
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