MADISON, Wis. -

An animal protection group plans to monitor bear hunters in Wisconsin in the first test of the state's new hunter harassment law.

Rod Coronado, the group's founder, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Wolf Patrol members will document bear hunting activity in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as the state nears the start of the season for bear hunting with dogs.

Coronado said the group's goal is to help law enforcement and record illegal activity.

This year's bear hunting season is the first under legislation passed last winter that spells out increased protections for hunters, anglers and trappers. Starting Wednesday, hunters are allowed to use dogs to hunt bears.

Coronado said the "Right to Hunt Act" impinges on the rights of non-hunting citizens to engage with the public land.