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Humane societies appeal WI wolf hunt ruling allowing use of dogs

MADISON — A group of humane societies Friday appealed a Dane County judge’s ruling that wolf hunters can use dogs, extending their fight to erase one of the most polarizing elements of Wisconsin’s wolf season.

The humane societies and the National Wolfwatcher Coalition filed a lawsuit last summer alleging the state Department of Natural Resources failed to impose any real restrictions on wolf hunters using dogs when the agency set up the framework for the first wolf season. They argued the agency had set the stage for bloody wolf-dog brawls.

Judge Peter C. Anderson earlier this year barred hunters from training dogs to hunt wolves in Wisconsin. But he ruled hunters could run dogs on wolves during the season.

The societies and the coalition sent a notice of appeal to the 4th District Court of Appeals on Friday morning…

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