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This is an especially important announcement. After countless calls, messages  and our own serious deliberation about Wisconsin's upcoming wolf hunting and trapping season, we decided  to 'educate, advocate and participate'  at the next level. 
Thank you for your interest,
National Wolfwatcher Coalition
In This Issue
Special Bulletin: WI Lawsuit
Educate, Advocate, Participate
Special News Bulletin
Photo: USFWS, Great Lakes Region





On January 27, 2012, after a forty-year restoration effort and millions of federal and state dollars and citizen resources, the gray wolf was removed from federal Endangered Species protection and returned to state management in the Western Great Lakes region. Shortly thereafter, Wisconsin legislators passed Wisconsin Act 169 to establish a Wisconsin Wolf Harvest encompassing a 4/12 month long hunting and trapping season and authorizing an extensive array of hunting methods including use of dogs, 24/7 night-and-day hunting, leg-hold traps, artificial calls, and hunting over bait.  

Photo: USFWS, Great Lakes Region 

Today, August 8, 2012, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition filed a lawsuit, along with seven other plaintiffs, against the Wisconsin DNR and the Natural Resources Board asking the Court to stay the DNR's recently approved rules establishing a wolf hunting season authorizing the use of dogs to hunt wolves. 


In short, we challenge the validity of the wolf harvesting rules on the basis that DNR does not have the legal authority to declare rules that either authorize or facilitate the violation of existing Wisconsin law. By failing to include reasonable restrictions on the training and use of dogs to hunt wolves, the DNR effectively authorizes, allows and facilitates cruelty to animals in violation of Wis. Stat. 951, the state law criminalizing animal cruelty and animal fighting.


Wolfwatcher's Nancy Warren 

 Expert affidavits have been submitted in support of our motion for a temporary injunction. These experts assert that the DNR's failure to impose even the most basic restrictions, like leashing and dog training, is certain to lead to violent confrontations, bloodshed and unjustifiable cruelty in violation of both animal cruelty and hunting laws. The need for an injunction is compelling in order to prevent irreparable harm resulting from deadly animal fighting and unlawful hunting practices.


We are extremely proud to report that Wolfwatcher's Great Lakes Regional Director, Nancy Warren, will be providing expert testimony on behalf of Wisconsin's wolves during the court case.  


Photo: USFWS Great Lakes 

On these bases, we requested that the Court stay or enjoin DNR's issuance of licenses authorizing the use of dogs to hunt wolves without reasonable restrictions that ensure that such use of dogs is limited to tracking and trailing.


Fellow plaintiffs in this lawsuit include Wisconsin state humane societies, hunters, land-owners, volunteer wolf trackers, state conservation organizations, outdoorsmen and women, a livestock farmer and veterinarian, many of whom reside in the areas of Wisconsin's designated "wolf harvest zones."  They include: Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Dane County Humane Society, Wisconsin Humane Society, Fox Valley Humane Association, Northwood Alliance, Jayne and Michael Belsky and Donna Onstott.


We encourage you to follow our progress via Wolfwatcher's website, Facebook page as well as future updates via e-newsletter.  You can also email us with questions and concerns.  At this time, we ask that you share this news with friends and family since we need to bring national attention to Wisconsin for allowing and even facilitating cruelty to animals and animal fighting.


 Hereafter, we will be reaching out to you to request your help in other ways.   

Of course, we have great faith that our supporters will rise to the  

occasion, as always.  Thank you!

Photo: USFWS, Great Lakes Region 


Preserve the Legacy 


Educate, Advocate, Participate    

National Wolfwatcher Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all volunteer organization on behalf of wolf education, conservation and advocacy. 

Our mission includes preserving the legacy of the wolf by educating the public and advocating for science-based decision making at every level of government. 



All donations help us to educate, advocate and participate via:

  • educational programs, materials and events
  • participation in conferences, seminars, and consultation with other professionals in the field of wolf biology, research, conservation and environmental law. 
  • Wolfwatcher Legal Fund addresses costs related to our potential engagement in litigation which challenges government policies that may adversely affect wolf conservation.

Your generous donation, no matter the amount, and/or your purchase of merchandise from our Wolfwatcher Store will enable these and other programs to flourish at a time when wolves need our voice and our advocacy. Thank you.