MADISON, WI --(Ammoland.com)- On August 9th 2014, Wisconsin Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 4 year old Walker/Blue Tick hound. The attack occurred in the Town of Mercer, Iron County.
Wolf attacks on livestock and hunting hounds escalated this past week in the Upper Peninsula, with reports of three events just days apart.
Two additional reported attacks occurred on Monday and Wednesday in Schoolcraft and Delta counties, according to Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Debbie Munson Badini. A nearby resort owner said two hunting dogs were killed in each attack.
Days earlier, over the weekend in Dickinson County, a wolf killed one cow. The landowner also killed the wolf.
“It feels like a war zone. It’s scary man. It’s crazy,” said Bill Thome, owner of Kenbuck Resort in Schoolcraft County, near where the dogs were killed. He says there have been multiple sightings this summer.
“One was running right down the middle of the freakin’ road.” reported John Barnes on Mlive.com
More information and a caution area map are available on the Wisconsin Wildlife gray wolf webpage.
Hikers, families and hunters are reminded to use extreme caution and reference area maps on the Wisconsin DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword “wolf management“) to help reduce conflicts during this year’s bear dog training and hunting season as well as anyone just out for a walk with your dogs.
“Now we can even allow our children to play in our yard or even walk our dogs leashed as the wolves are so bold” said one Mercer resident. “No one that lives here wanted these monsters, it was all out of state busy bodies that know nothing about the UP.”
Anyone suspecting more wolf attacks in northern Wisconsin should call USDA-WS immediately at 1-800-228-1368 (in state) or 715-369-5221. In southern Wisconsin call 1-800-433-0663 (in state) or 920-324-4514.
The Wolf reality check comes just in time as the Michigan Legislature could move forward as early as this week on a measure to ensure wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.
The expected vote is the result of an initiated law, following the submission of petition signatures. If the legislature does not act on the pro-wolf hunting measure by the end of the month, it would go to the statewide ballot.
If approved by the legislature, it would make moot two other statewide referendums designed to stop wolf hunting in the U-P.
The effort to resume wolf hunting was the result of some residents of the U-P who say an increasing number of wolves are getting too close to populated areas and are threatening both children, pets and wildlife.