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State Senator wants to prevent DNR from allowing dogs in wolf hunt


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate Democrat wants to stop the DNR from letting wolf hunters use dogs to sniff out their prey.

Fred Risser of Madison is asking colleagues to co-sponsor a bill that goes against what a Dane County judge ruled in January.

Judge Peter Anderson allowed the state Natural Resources Board to set rules for training and using dogs – but only under certain time limits and conditions. The board held a hearing on the matter recently, as it considers a new policy.

Risser told the AP that humane societies oppose the use of dogs in a wolf hunt. Those groups also oppose any wolf hunting, but Risser’s measure doesn’t go that far.

National animal rights groups have blasted the wolf hunts in Wisconsin and Minnesota. They’ve gone to court to try and end state control of wolf populations in the Upper Midwest, and put the animals back under the federal endangered species act.