(WEAU) -- According to the Wisconsin DNR, the DNR has sold 18,301 wolf hunting applications as of 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Of these, 17,859 were sold to state residents and 442 were sold to non-residents.
The DNR administration released its initial statement on the judge’s decision to issue an injunction against the use of dogs for the wolf hunt: “We’re reviewing the judge’s decision. More information will be available once we have had time to discuss the issue.”
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has blocked hunters from using dogs to go after wolves this fall.
Judge Peter C. Anderson issued a temporary injunction Friday as part of a lawsuit a group of humane societies have filed against the Department of Natural Resources. The group contends the DNR failed to impose restrictions on hunting dogs during this fall's wolf hunt, setting deadly dog-wolf clashes in the woods.
It's unclear what the ruling means for the hunt. Anderson says hunters can still go after wolves. DNR officials have warned the injunction could scuttle the hunt. They have said don't have enough time to change their regulations to reflect the dog ban before the hunt begins in mid-October.
DNR attorney Tim Andryk says the agency will have to review the judge's order.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge is expected to decide whether state wildlife officials must ban training for wolf hunting dogs.
A coalition of humane societies has accused the state Department of Natural Resources of failing to adopt restrictions on dogs in this fall's wolf hunt, creating the potential for deadly dog-wolf fights. The group wants Judge Peter C. Anderson to issue a temporary injunction barring the DNR from issuing wolf permits unless the agency notifies hunters they can't train dogs to hunt the animals.
DNR officials maintain such an order would effectively halt the wolf hunt because they don't have enough time to add dog restrictions to the permits before the hunt begins in October.
Anderson is expected to rule on the injunction Friday afternoon.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has postponed a ruling on a request to block hunters from training dogs to go after wolves until later this week.
A coalition of humane societies has filed a lawsuit challenging this fall's hunt. The group alleges the Department of Natural Resources failed to set up restrictions on the use of dogs, creating the potential for bloody wolf-dog fights.
The coalition wants Judge Peter C. Anderson to issue a temporary order blocking the DNR from issuing permits unless the agency notifies hunters they can't train dogs to go after wolves.
Anderson said during a hearing Wednesday he was still reading case law related to the lawsuit an hour before the hearing began and didn't want to rush into a decision. He said he would rule Friday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge is set to consider blocking Wisconsin's new wolf hunt.
Judge Peter Anderson is scheduled to decide whether to issue a temporary injunction Wednesday while he sorts through a lawsuit challenging the hunt.
A coalition of humane societies filed the suit last month alleging the Department of Natural Resources failed to set up training requirements for wolf hunting dogs. The group says the lack of requirements will result in what it called the archaic blood sport of wolf-dog combat in violation of state animal cruelty statutes.
State attorneys maintain hunters have plenty of incentives to avoid dog-wolf fights and an injunction would run afoul of the public interest expressed in the law establishing a hunt.