Wis. judge to revisit wolf hunt case this week

Hunters have been temporarily barred from using dogs

A Madison judge is scheduled this week to revisit a lawsuit challenging the use of dogs in the state’s wolf hunt.

A group of humane societies filed suit in August alleging the state Department of Natural Resources failed to enact any meaningful restrictions on how hunters can use dogs to track wolves, setting the stage for bloody wolf-dog fights in the woods.

Dane County Circuit Judge Peter C. Anderson has temporarily barred wolf hunters from using dogs while he considers the case. He is scheduled to hand down an oral ruling on Thursday afternoon.

Hunters haven’t had much trouble killing wolves without dogs. Hunters have reached DNR-imposed kill limits in all but one wolf management zone.