8 Pet Dogs Killed by Wolves in Wisconsin in 2010 – Who’s Endangered Now?

8 Pet Dogs Killed by Wolves in Wisconsin in 2010 – Who is Endangered Now?
With animal rights groups wanting to unleash wolves across the US could your family pet be next on the endangered species list…AmmoLand.com

Dogs Killed by Wolves
8 Pet Dogs Killed by Wolves in Wisconsin in 2010
Wisconsin DNR
Wisconsin DNR

Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- Each year, with the beginning of the Wisconsin bear hound training and hunting season, bear hunters are reminded to exercise caution if they plan to train or hunt bear with hounds.

As of August 3rd, eight hounds have been killed by wolves since the opening of bear hound training season. Hunters should use the caution area maps below to help reduce conflicts during this year's bear dog training season. Table 1 contains a summary of the 2010 dog depredations by wolves.

**Anyone suspecting a wolf attack in northern Wisconsin should call USDA-WS immediately at 1-800-228-1368.

Caution Areas and Wolf Behavior
When wolves attack dogs in hunting or training situations, the Wisconsin DNR will create “wolf caution areas” to warn hunters that a specific pack has attacked a dog or group of dogs. (What are Wolf Caution Areas?) Bear hunters are urged to exercise greater caution if they plan to train hounds or hunt bear with hounds near any caution area, especially if near an actual kill site. Table 1 contains a summary of the 2010 dog depredations by wolves with additional information and caution area maps shown below.

As with other wild canids, wolves are very territorial and will guard their territories from other wolves, coyotes, and domestic dogs. Wolves are probably most aggressive toward strange wolves and dogs at den and rendezvous sites when their pups are small, during the breeding season in January and February, and when they are protecting a fresh kill. Wolf packs have pups in spring and then later will use rendezvous sites from mid June to late September, after the pups are big enough to leave their den. Adult wolves are very defensive of pups at rendezvous sites and will attack other predators, including dogs, that get too close to the rendezvous site or the pups.

A pack will use from 2 to 3 to as many as 6 or more rendezvous sites during the summer. The exact locations vary from year to year and throughout the summer. The sites are usually forest openings or edge areas, with lots of wolf tracks, droppings, and matted vegetation. Move 2 or 3 miles from any rendezvous site, if possible, before releasing dogs. In addition, avoid releasing dogs at baits recently visited by wolves. When looking for bear sign at a bait, make sure to also look for wolf tracks. Be familiar with your own dog's tracks, so that you can distinguish it from any wolf tracks. If a specific bait site is receiving a lot of wolf use, discontinue using it until wolves have left, and concentrate on an alternative bait site. Some hunters have had success with bells on dog collars to reduce wolf attacks, but some dogs with bells have been attacked by wolves. For more options on reducing the likelihood of wolf attacks on hounds see:

  • A Guide to Reducing Conflict between Wolves and Hunting Dogs
  • Guidance for Bear Hunters and Pet Owners

Pet Dogs
Although wolf attacks on pet dogs in residential areas are rare, they do occur and have increased in recent years. These types of attacks represent a special kind of wolf depredation to domestic animals. For additional guidance and information about protecting pet dogs and bear hounds from wolves, see “Guidance for Bear Hunters and Pet Owners”.

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colleen Souza
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colleen Souza

Don’t use dogs for hunting in areas were there is a wolf pack is if you do not want your pets killed! Remember you are on their turf! So it you want to hunt get off your lazy ass and do the tracking yourself.

Ronald M. Fitzpatrick
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Ronald M. Fitzpatrick

I’ve owned dogs all my life and would never endanger them by sending them after large predators such as wolves, bears or cougars.Those predators are doing what is natural, defending themselves or their territory. What kind of person is willing to risk the welfare of their dog so they can kill an animal. The problem is with the sick minded hunter, not the wildlife.

Julie
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Julie

Strange how when the hunters get attacked its a major crisis and we have to change everything. Really lets look more closely at what is really going on. We take hunting dogs into the wilderness to KILL preditors but when they get KILLED we need change. Why dont we just not allow them to take the precious hunting dogs into the Wolves territory 🙂

jam
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wow i can not bevel it

mike
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mike

Could be the bears that turned around after being chased to exhaustion and then tried to defend itself, then after the kill decided to take a piece with him. Lets blame everything on the wolves. almost every dog depredation in wisconson in 2011 the dog owners new about dog depredatioin in the zone their dog was injured or killed, yet still let their favorite pet out off their leash and ran the risk of poor ole snoopy getting gobbled up by the big bad wolf. the mentality here has to be questioned!!

Greg
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Greg

The title says 8 then it says 18 under the picture. Also the story in other sorces originally said these were hunting hounds that were being used to hunt wolves. Yeah hunting dogs corner some wolves what do you think they're going to do to the dogs? Also that picture looks nothing like a wolf kill. Wolves eat what they kill they never leave anything behind. Looks more like the work of a band of coyotes who are known to just chew and leave.

Vito
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Vito

Maybe people need to be more cautious with their pet dogs. If you choose to live in wild places where there are wild animals these interactions are going to occur. Just as they have for thousands of years. It's a fact of life or death.

Jon Ballard
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I just heard a podcast on wolves in Wisconsin and according to the DNR it looks like a record year for dog kills in WI by Wolves (Near 25):

http://foremosthunting.podbean.com/2010/11/05/wol

It sounds like the DNR is fighting hard to get wolves delisted as endangered species so they can start to control the population