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Outdoorsman agree hunters should use dogs to track down wolves

Most Wisconsin sporting enthusiasts agree with the DNR's proposed rules on letting wolf hunters use dogs to track down their prey.

Officials said yesterday that just over 51-percent of those voting on the issue favored the wolf hunt rules during Monday night's conservation hearings in all 72 counties. The yes vote was carried in all but 10 of those counties.

Attendees voted on almost 100 advisory questions that the state Natural Resources Board will review next month. Environmentalists and animal rights' groups filed suit last year against the use of wolf hunting dogs. A judge eventually allowed the DNR Board to come up with regulations. The board has suggested that hunters be allowed to train dogs for wolf hunting only in daylight hours during the wolf season and in March. Dogs can pursue wolves, but not kill them - and they must be identified with collar labels. The new rules were endorsed at the hearings by a statewide of 2,631 to 2,494.

By a larger margin, sportsmen endorsed a plan to allow hunting and trapping in state parks. The DNR Board has endorsed two months for such hunting - one in the spring, and one in the fall.