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With high wolf populations; is dog hunting the U.P. a lost sport?


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

This story started four years ago, with a little female pup named Mya. She was trained to run bear and coyote. She not only was a hunting dog, but also a family pet, along with two others; Train and Reno. On Sept. 18 we started out on our bear hunting checking roads for tracks. We stayed away from an area with numerous wolf tracks to be safe. One of the dogs rigged a bear and we gathered our hunting party. I dropped Mya, Train and Reno on the track and they ran about two hours to the north, then circled back south to a location Bill was tracking the dogs on his GPS. He made the call to the group the dogs were treeing a bear and he could hear them barking. It took me and my hunting buddy 30 minutes to get around to the section where Bill was. He told us he thought the GPS was indicating one dog was treeing and one dog ran to the west 300 yards and also was treeing. We took out to find the dogs and first came across Mya dead, clearly attacked and killed by wolves. I was stunned, removed her collar and picked up the track to Train. Shortly later we found him dead as well, assaulted by wolves. Lucky for Reno he lost out on the chase or he'd probably be gone too.

On Monday I went to the Newberry DNR Wolf Specialist to report the incident. A visit to the dogs' kill location and it was verified that wolves did cause their deaths. Graphic photographs of the remains show what's left of the dogs. The DNR informed us that in the Hiawatha area east of Hog Island Road north to the county line there are three wolf packs! A pair of beagles was killed in this area last winter. It was suggested to us we should move to a different area to hunt.

With the number of wolves increasing, this should be a warning to all types of dog hunting. Dog hunting may become a lost sport in the U.P. It would be understandable if the dogs were killed by bears.

Distressed Bear Hunter

Jesse Young


November 30, 2011

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