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Anti-hunt lawsuit cites wolf-damage payments


UNDATED (WSAU) Wolf attacks against livestock, pets, and other property cost Wisconsin taxpayers $1.5-million.

The DNR has fund that compensates farmers and other property-owners for wolf damage. The state has been paying for wolf-attacks since 1985 for animal or property owners who took the time to file claims and had proper evidence. The state paid out $214,000 last year.

About one-third of the payments were for the deaths of hunting dogs.

Several animal rights groups have cited the DNR payments in a lawsuit to try to block an October wolf hunt. The DNR would allow hunters to use up to six dogs to track wolves - which the lawsuit says is inhumane. Their court filing says the state shouldn't be paying for putting dogs in harms way in wolf country.

Unless blocked by the courts, hunters will be allowed to take about 200 wolves starting on October 15th.