MADISON (WKOW) – As Wisconsin prepares for its first wolf season, hunting groups say using dogs to track wolves is essential to success.
But animal welfare advocates said the state needs to do more to protect dogs from potentially deadly confrontations with wolves.
A hearing will be held on Friday from a Dane County judge who has temporarily banned the use of dogs in the hunt.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Bob Welch, executive director of the Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition, said hunters who can't use dogs are unlikely to kill any wolves.
Wisconsin would be the first state to allow hunting dogs for tracking wolves. Minnesota does not. Wisconsin will allow the killing of 200 wolves during the five-month season that begins on October 15. Wisconsin has more than 800 wolves.
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