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UPDATE: Judge refuses to dismiss wolf hunt challenge

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit challenging the use of dogs in Wisconsin's wolf hunt planned for this winter.

The lawsuit in the case is a coalition of Humane Socieities that claims the Department of natural Resources failed to implement reasonable restrictions of the use of dogs when making rules for the state's wolf hunt.

"I am taking the state's position to be-- because they told me this is their position-- that they did not have the authority to consider whether to limit the use of dogs," Judge Anderson said before making his ruling. "And I believe that position to be incorrect. That, in fact, they had the authority to take a look at it."

Due to Friday's ruling, the lawsuit continues and the temporary injunction on the use of dogs and training of dogs for the wolf hunt-- issued by Judge Anderson earlier this month-- stills stands.

The DNR Board meets on September 26th. 27 News asked lead attorney for the DNR, Tim Andrick, what advice he would give the board moving forward.

"They will have a proposed scope's statement to initiate a rules process of dog training restrictions," Andrick said. "And then they can decide whether they take it up or not."

One of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, Jodi Habush Sinykin, said, "We're gonna wait to see what the defense comes up with in regards to the reasonable restrictions that will be necessary to meet their obligation under the law."

The wolf hunt is still on and is set to start on October 15th, but the use of dogs in the hunt was not set to start until November 26th.

The roughly 1,100 people who received wolf licenses for the hunt-- and should start receiving them in the mail as early as Friday-- will be notified by the state that the injunction against using dogs stands, for now.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge is set to rule Friday on a request from the state Department of Natural Resources to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a coalition of humane societies.

The group filed the lawsuit in August to restrict the training and use of dogs in the state's planned wolf hunt, set to start October 15th.

Earlier this month, Judge Peter Anderson issued an injunction, temporarily blocking dog training and use in the wolf hunt.

Friday's hearing is set for 2:00 p.m. in Dane County court.

 

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