The DNR is telling wolf hunters that dogs cannot be used in the upcoming wolf hunt until at least December 20.
Wisconsin's first modern-era wolf hunt is scheduled to begin October 15. Under state law, dogs were banned from the hunt until after the gun deer season ends in late November, but a Madison judge has also ordered an injunction against using dogs until at least December 20 when there's another court hearing on a lawsuit brought by Humane Societies. Attorney Carl Sinderbrand represents the groups that sued to restrict the use of dogs. Sinderbrand says it's good the DNR is spreading the word of the delay to wolf hunters, "The first month of using dogs won't happen."
But Sinderbrand says his clients are still looking for the judge to address the broader issue of what kind of restrictions are needed to protect dogs, wolves and others from what Sinderbrand calls grievous harm. Also this week, a group of game hunters asked to get involved in the wolf hunt case, on the side of the DNR.