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Court rules on training of dogs to hunt wolvesSubmitted: 07/11/2014
MADISON - A Wisconsin appeals court rules hunters can train their dogs to chase wolves.

State law establishing Wisconsin's wolf hunt allowed hunters to use dogs to track wolves.

A group of humane societies sued in 2012.

They claimed the Department of Natural Resources failed to place any restrictions on dog use, and worried about the possibility of bloody fights between wolves and dogs.

A Dane County judge ruled hunters can run dogs on wolves during the season but can't train them on wolves the rest of the year.

Thursday the 4th District Court of Appeals found the training prohibition has no legal effect and that hunters can train dogs on wolves.

An attorney for the humane societies says the decision creates more urgency to change state law to clearly ban dog use on wolves.

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