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Sponsor(s): Sen. Fred Risser (D-26) and Rep. Fred Clark (D-81)

S.B. 93/A.B. 94: Banning the Use of Dogs in Wolf Hunts [2014]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill died in April, 2014.

Bill Description:
This bill prohibits the use of dogs for hunting gray wolves. Wisconsin is the only state that permits this practice for wolf hunts.

Background:
Hounding involves attaching radio collars to dogs to allow hunters to monitor their movements as they track wildlife. The dogs chase the wild animal for hours until, exhausted and confused, the prey is cornered or gives up. The hunter, trailing behind, shoots the trapped animal. This cowardly action is dangerous for the dogs, who can suffer terrible injuries when fearful animals strike back. When injured and no longer able to hunt, the dogs are sometimes simply abandoned by their owners and left to starve.

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