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URGENT ACTION ALERT: ASK GOV. EVERS TO VETO SB 545/AB 512, RELATING TO: HUNTING WILD ANIMALS WITH THE AID OF A DOG, etc.!

Updated 2/15/24
 

SB 545/AB 512, Relating to: Hunting Wild Animals with the Aid of a Dog, etc. was PASSED by both Assembly and Senate. Ask Gov. Evers to VETO SB 545/AB 512, Relating to: Hunting Wild Animals with the Aid of a Dog, etc. Please see TAKE ACTION, below, for contact information for Gov. Evers.

 

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Black and tan coonhound     In the wake of the new DNR Wolf Management Plan, hound hunters have been pressuring lawmakers to overrule the DNR on several of their decisions concerning wildlife conservation. SB 545/AB 512, Relating to: hunting wild animals with the aid of a dog, dog training on wild animals, and dog trialing on wild animals in the northern portion of the state, is another of these Really Bad Bills.

     AB 512, Relating to: hunting wild animals with the aid of a dog, dog training on wild animals, and dog trialing on wild animals in the northern portion of the state was introduced into the Senate on October 18 , 2023, by Representatives Green, Bodden, Brooks, Edming, Magnafici, Mursau and Schmid, and cosponsored by Senators Quinn, Jacque and Tomczyk and . It was referred to the Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage. A public hearing was held on 12/5. In an executive session on 1/17/24, the Committee voted 7 - 4, along party lines, to forward to the full legislature with passage recommended. The Assembly has passed the bill and messaged it to the Senate, where it PASSED by a voice vote on February 13.

     Its companion bill, SB 545, Relating to: hunting wild animals with the aid of a dog, dog training on wild animals, and dog trialing on wild animals in the northern portion of the state was introduced into the Senate on October 23, 2023, by Senators Quinn, Jacque and Tomczyk and cosponsored by Representatives Green, Bodden, Brooks, Edming, Magnafici, Mursau and Schmidt. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage, and ia public hearing was held on Wed, Dec 6. On 1/5/24, the Committee voted 3/2 along party lines to recommend passage, and the bill is now available for scheduling in the full Senate for a vote. We expect quick action to pass this, again, along party lines.

     "This bill repeals a current Department of Natural Resources administrative code provision that generally prohibits a person from hunting or pursuing any free-roaming wild animal with the aid of a dog from May 1 to June 30 in a portion of the state north of certain east-west highways. The bill also repeals DNR administrative code restrictions on dog training and dog trialing on any free roaming wild animal in that area and during that period."

      WE STRONGLY OPPOSE this bill that would once again circumvent wildlife experts in the WI DNR, to put WI wildlife at the mercy of politicians and special interest groups. It would essentially remove protections put into place for bear and wolf cubs during the whelping season, thus creating the potential for more wolf/ hound conflicts.

 

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Bill Summary (by the Legislative Reference Bureau):

     "This bill repeals a current Department of Natural Resources administrative code provision that generally prohibits a person from hunting or pursuing any free-roaming wild animal with the aid of a dog from May 1 to June 30 in a portion of the state north of certain east-west highways. The bill also repeals DNR administrative code restrictions on dog training and dog trialing on any free roaming wild animal in that area and during that period."

 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Wolf, courtesy of WI DNR     General guidelines for contacting your representatives: Try to keep your message brief, and be sure to give your name, complete mailing address, and phone number. Let your representative know that you are a constituent. Please, ALWAYS be polite and respectful. Name-calling, and rude or abusive letters or emails will hurt, rather than help, our cause.

  • SB 545/AB 512, Relating to: Hunting Wild Animals with the Aid of a Dog, etc. was PASSED by both houses, and will be sent to the Gov. for his signature in April.

  • Along about mid-March, we are going to ask you to contact Gov. Evers and ask him PLEASE to VETO AB 512/SB 545, Relating to: Hunting Wild Animals with the Aid of a Dog, etc, which would REPEAL rules set in place by the DNR to limit bear and wolf conflicts with hounds during whelping season. Once again, the supporters of this bill will be VERY vocal. We are hoping that those who wish to leave the management of WI wolves in the hands of experts at the DNR will be even MORE vocal. Try to keep your message brief, and be sure to give your name, complete mailing address, and phone number. Once again, we ask that you voice your concerns in a polite and respectful manner -- remember, name-calling, and rude or abusive language, will hurt, rather than help, our cause.

    Contact info for Gov. Evers (NOTE: no email available; electronic contact is through a Voice An Opinion form on his website:

  • Please see our Talking Points for more resources.

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Talking Points:

  • WE STRONGLY OPPOSE AB 512/SB 545 which would once again circumvent wildlife experts in the WI DNR, put WI wildlife at the mercy of politicians and special interest groups, remove protections for bear and wolf cubs (as well as ground-nesting birds and other wildlife), create the potential for more wolf/ hound conflicts -- and make it more difficult for the DNR to prevent trespassing on private property.

  • We believe that management of Wisconsin wildlife should be left up to the discretion of wildlife experts in the WI DNR, who are qualified to decide, on an area by area basis, where, when, and how hunting and training/ trailing of wild animals with dogs may be allowed-- instead of putting WI wildlife at the mercy of politicians and special interest groups.

  • According to contacts at the DNR, these rules were set in place originally to limit bear and wolf conflicts with hounds during the time frame specified -- which is whelping season for both bears and wolves. In addition, "with larger tracks of land in northern WI there is a higher chance of trespassing to occur and this rule aids our wardens in regulating and restricting the likelihood of this."

  • Assembly Committe on Sporting Heritage hearing materials

  • Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage

Wolf in the woods, photo courtesy of WI DNR


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