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State Capitol Report: A Look At State Compensation Program For Dogs Killed In Hunts

posted Jan 17, 2014, 6:36 PM by chloe owens

1/6/14, by Bill Martens, Wisconsin Public Radio

State Capitol Report: A Look At State Compensation Program For Dogs Killed In Hunts

A new report details the state program that compensates Wisconsin owners of dogs who are killed by wolves while hunting other animals….Since its wolf depredation program began in 1985, the WCIJ rports that DNR officials have paid out $1.6M in compensation for attacks on livestock and other animals.  About one-third of that amount has gone to the owners of hunting dogs.  In the decade that the WCIJ investigated, it reports that 31 – or about one-fifth – of the 150 claims submitted were made by the same 14 people. “They’ve repeatedly put their dogs in situations where they were at risk and they were killed by wolves and they were compensated…”  According to Lueders, the maximum payments are generally $2,500.  He also said that approximately $28,000 in payments went to six individuals who made 10 claims and lived outside the state.  In addition, the WCIJ reported that money went out to people with histories of hunting violations, including illegal hunting of bear.

http://www.wpr.org/state-capitol-report-look-state-compensation-program-dogs-killed-hunts

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