Green Bay, WI (WFRV) A Dane County judge today weighed in on Wisconsin's wolf hunt, putting in place a temporary injunction as part of a lawsuit filed against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. That injunction makes it likely the hunt will go on, but without the use of dogs.
Humane societies claimed there were no restrictions that would help prevent deadly dog-wolf clashes in the woods. Kris Schuller has more from one of the humane societies that joined in the lawsuit.
Liz Pirner of the Fox Valley Humane Association says the ruling speaks for itself. "It means our concerns were heard and now they have to be addressed," said Pirner.
For now - the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources can't issue any wolf hunting licenses, that allow for the use of dogs. "Our biggest concern was what wasn't written; what they failed to leave out in terms of regulation," said Pirner.
Those concerns were outlined in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by a coalition of humane societies.
The group argued when the DNR created Act 169 allowing the wolf hunt, it didn't provide enough rules to protect the well being of dogs. Act 169 allows the use of dogs to hunt wolves.
Pirner says the group provided the court evidence showing confrontations between dogs and wolves sometimes end tragically.
"Putting dogs in harm's way definitely created a lot of concern for us."
A spokesmen for the DNR said "we will consult with our attorneys and assess all our options."
"This is a temporary injunction that suspends the use of dogs in wolf hunting until the judge and parties have more thoroughly investigated the issue so the judge can make a final ruling."
The date of a final ruling is uncertain. But a Sept. 14 hearing is scheduled on a motion to dismiss, filed by the DNR.
In the wake of the hearing, the DNR announced it was extending the wolf hunt application deadline until Sept. 7. The initial deadline to apply was Aug. 31.