Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility’s Criminal Complaint Against Wisconsin’s Bear Hound Training Season

Wolf Patrol

Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 11.30.53 AM Filming the continued use of bear hounds in a recent Wolf Caution Area.

August 2, 2017

William C. Woody
Chief, Office of Law Enforcement
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
5600 American Boulevard, West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458

RE: Request for Criminal Investigation – Violation of the Endangered Species Act

Dear Chief Woody:

This is a formal request for an investigation of alleged criminal violations relating to the illegal take of the federally protected gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Wisconsin. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (“PEER”) has learned of ongoing illegal harassment of the gray wolf by hound hunters in Wisconsin. These activities have led to adverse effects on breeding patterns and the habitat of the gray wolf. PEER believes these activities constitute prima facie evidence of ongoing criminal misconduct.

The activities in question involve twenty-two individuals who have, by all appearances, violated the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §…

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