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Ruling expected Friday on wolf hunting rules


MADISON (WSAU)   The future of wolf hunting in Wisconsin could be affected by a judge’s ruling that’s expected to come down this afternoon. Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson will announce whether-or-not hunters will ever be able to use dogs to help track down the wolves. Anderson issued a temporary ruling that prohibited the use of dogs in the inaugural hunt this fall. And the hunters did just fine without them, exceeding their quota of 117 wolves more than two months before the season was due to close at the end of February.

The judge responded to a lawsuit from environmental and animal rights’ groups, questioning the D-N-R’s previous approval for the use of hunting dogs. They feared that the wolves would injure or kill the dogs in large numbers.

The D-N-R plans to impose restrictions on dog use when it prepares permanent rules for wolf hunting. But the humane groups say those rules might not be ready for a second hunting season this fall.