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Blog: Wolf and hound fights bound to be brutal

Black bears should no longer feel solely terrorized and persecuted by hound hunters in training activities; the gray wolf has now joined their ranks.

Here’s how hound training on bears and wolves works: Bear baiting begins April 15, 111 days longer than the six other states still allowing pre-season bear baiting.

Gallons of sweet treats are dumped in our woods to habituate bears and newborn cubs into showing up at dumping sites. After three months of getting fat on sweet treats, July 1 the rules and their world changes.

Now packs of hounds are released into the woods and the chase is on. These chases can last for hours and cover up to 10-plus miles while hunters stay on the roads and drive from one block of woods to the next while following hounds on GPS. If cubs are lucky they make it to a tree before the hounds. Some are not so lucky…

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