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DNR tells wolf hunters to leave dogs at home for upcoming season


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Leave your dogs at home.

That’s what the DNR is telling hunters who will take part in Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf hunt.

The season will begin in 11 days – but a Dane County judge has issued an injunction against the use of hunting dogs to help track down the wolves.

The DNR will try to overturn that injunction – and the agency said today that a court hearing on the matter will be held December 20th. So at least between now and then, the DNR said hunters cannot train or use their hunting dogs to pursue wolves.

Environmental and animal rights’ groups say there’s a risk of violence by the wolves against the dogs – and it could result in animal deaths.

The DNR has said it had no choice but to allow hunting dogs, because the legislation which created the wolf season did not ban them.