The North Woods of Wisconsin is the scene of one of the most barbaric, inhumane and incredibly stupid activities sanctioned by law -- so called "training" of bear hounds by releasing them to chase anything and everything in the interests of honing their abilities for when bear season opens.

Utter chaos reigns among all creatures, most in the midst of raising young. This is inane, and it cannot be possible that Wisconsin residents know of this and still allow it to continue. Nowhere else in the country is such a travesty so sanctioned. Hound zealots come from all over the country for the Wisconsin "fun." If a wolf encounters a "training" hound, the wolf may kill it in defending its pups. If this happens, the state pays the hound owner $2,500.

Wisconsin citizens need to put down their brats and beer long enough to do away with this outrage. Call, write, march, yell and scream. Show that Wisconsin decency is above manipulation by a small group of insensitive, special-interest hounders.

Bill Stokes, Mazomanie

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