MADISON, WI –-(Ammoland.com)- On August 1st 2014, Wisconsin Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 4 year old Plott bear hound and a 1 year old Plott bear hound and injured a 4 year old Plott bear hound during the same training incident.
The attack occurred in the Town of Popple River, Forest County, WI. More information and a caution area map are available on the Wisconsin Wildlife gray wolf webpage.
Hikers, families and hunters are reminded to use the 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.
“Aggressive wolves is just something we have to live with now, they are getting bolder as their number grow” says a Forest County WI resident. A lot of people with no experience with wild animals insisted on wolves being reintroduced to our part of Wisconsin and we are stuck living with the danger”. “I predict it is only a matter of time before someone is killed while out for a jog or riding their bike.”
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.
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 May 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 and humans, that get too close to the rendezvous site or the pups.