A Dane County judge has temporarily halted the use of dogs during Wisconsin’s wolf hunt, putting the outcome of the hunt in jeopardy.
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.
According to the DNR, they will be extending the wolf application deadline until Sept. 7. The initial deadline to apply for a permit had been Aug 31.
DNR attorney Tim Andryk says the agency will have to review the judge's order.