Beginning September 9, 2015, Wolf Patrol will return to the northwoods of Wisconsin alongside hunters to document the outdated hunting practice of bear baiting and hunting bears with hounds. This will launch the fall campaign of Wolf Patrol, a citizen-activist monitoring project, to end bear baiting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Crew members of Wolf Patrol from Wisconsin and Michigan will be available for comment during the hound hunt for bear on public lands until late September 2015. Documentation of the hound hunt for bear in Wisconsin will be posted daily on Wolf Patrol's YouTube channel. The number one human/wolf conflict in Wisconsin is the killing of bear hunting hounds by wolves defending their families and feeding areas.
In Wisconsin, it is legal to artificially feed bears beginning in mid-April, and by the beginning of bear season in September, bears, wolves, deer and other animals have become conditioned to feed from bear baits. Bear baits are artificial feed stations where hunters are allowed to dump fryer grease, sugary baked goods, and food scraps in large piles so black bears feed there and can later more easily be shot.