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Ruling on use of hunting dogs for wolf hunt delayed until Jan. 4th


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in Madison has delayed a ruling on whether wolf hunters can use dogs for whatever’s left of the season.

Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson was scheduled to issue a verbal ruling Thursday – but the courthouse is closed due to the massive snowstorm. Anderson will instead hold the proceeding on January 4th, but the season could be over by then.

The statewide quota is 116 – and as of Wednesday, only six of those wolves remain available to hunters, all in far northwest Wisconsin’s Zone-Three.

Environmental and animal rights’ groups filed suit before the inaugural wolf hunt began. They said the wolves would attack the hunting dogs, and many would be killed.

Judge Anderson banned the dogs until he could give a final ruling – and as it turned out, hunters did not need them.

Some experts thought Wisconsin might not reach its quota by the time the season was due to end next February. But they were wrong, and the season could be wrapped up any day now.