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Hunters join humane societies to stop use of dogs in wolf hunt

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More than a dozen Wisconsin hunters have joined a lawsuit by a group of more than 40 state humane societies, that seeks to stop the Department of Natural Resources from allowing the unregulated use of dogs during the wolf hunt.

Judge Peter Anderson temporarily halted the use of dogs until a final ruling on the lawsuit. He is set to hear motions, including a motion from the state to dismiss the lawsuit on December 20.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the coalition of humane societies are arguing the DNR should have written rules that would govern both the training of dogs prior to the wolf hunt, and use during the hunt. The groups say, violent and possibly fatal fights between wolves and dogs could happen.

Since the hunt started, more than 70 wolves have been killed. The DNR set a limit of 116 animals.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Henry Koltz, a hunter from Wisconsin, represents the group of hunters supporting the lawsuit. He said that he and others are concerned for the unregulated use of dogs, and that it could interfere with hunts for deer, turkey, goose, and other game.

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