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Wolves kill three bear hounds
THE-BEE
Last Updated: Thursday, August 12th, 2004 04:44:40 PM

Wolves from a pack located in the Town of Shanagolden killed three bear
hounds in an incident confirmed by investigators from the United States
Department of Agriculture - Wildlife Services on Aug. 4.
Adrian Wydeven, Park Falls, mammalian ecologist for the Department of
Natural Resources, said this is the first depredation incident on
bear-hunting dogs in 2004.
He said that wolves and pups are in rendezvous sites at this time of the
year. It is unknown if the wolves were protecting the rendezvous sites at
the time the dogs were killed.
Wolves have been in the Town of Shanagolden for a number of years. This is
the first reported depredation from the area.
All the dogs were killed in close proximity to one another. Two were owned
by a Stratford hunter and one by a Unita man. Hunters training bear hounds
may want to stay away or exercise greater caution if they plan to train or
hunt dogs in this area. The area of caution described by the DNR wolf
biologist includes mainly areas south of Wisconsin Highway 77 near Glidden,
to the east of Forest Service Road 168, north of Forest Service Road 164,
and to the eastern edge of the National Forest. A second area of caution was
also listed north of Highway 77, west of Highway 13, and south and east of
Forest Road 181.
The owners of the dogs will be provided compensation from the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources for the losses.
The DNR counted 373 to 410 wolves in Wisconsin in late winter 2004, and
detected 108 packs in the state. The Shanagolden Pack with nine to 11 wolves
was one of the largest packs in the state. Average pack size was less than
four.
Wolves are currently listed as threatened by the federal government, and are
listed as a Protected Wild Animal by the State of Wisconsin. The federal
government has begun the process to delist wolves from the federal list and
return all management to the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin DNR is
currently conducting a review of the state management plan for wolves.