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Judge rules state wolf hunters can use dogs

MADISON - A judge rules Wisconsin wolf hunters can use dogs, but puts restrictions on training those dogs out-of-season.

The decision goes back to a lawsuit filed by a group of humane societies last summer against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. State lawmakers established Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt last session.

The humane societies filed their suit last August, arguing the lack of restrictions on hunting use and training of dogs could lead to dog-wolf fights in the woods year-around, forcing the societies to care for injured animals and putting wolf watchers in dangerous situations.