“If everyone in the pro-wolf movement in Wisconsin could put their differences aside for one reason, it should be to put unified pressure on Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials to end baiting and hounding on NF lands.” – Rod Coronado, Wolf Patrol
Please use this letter as a template to express your opposition to the bear hounding and baiting practices that are currently being allowed to take place with very little regulation on our public lands:
Subject: End Bear Baiting and Hounding on National Forest Lands
To whom it may concern,
My name is Britt Ricci and I am a life-long resident of Northern Wisconsin. I am writing to request that you please consider banning the practice of bear baiting and hounding in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
My partner and I are non-consumptive outdoor enthusiasts who love hiking, biking, and backcountry camping, however those activities are extremely disrupted by the bear hounders who are currently allowed to run rampant throughout our public forests with hardly any enforcement or regulation.
They dump thousands of gallons of sugary, greasy, processed junk food as “bait” which our wildlife is inevitably feeding on. This practice is terribly unsafe and unhealthy for the bears and other wildlife that consumes it.
Their packs of hounds are loud, disruptive and dangerous for everyone else who wants to recreate on those public areas. When hounding season is in full force, we feel endangered even being near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest because trucks are speeding all over the place, dragging the roads illegally, parking wherever they want, unleashing packs of aggressive hunting hounds and acting as though they own the land.
How is it that I am expected to keep my dog on a leash when hiking through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, but these bear hunters are allowed to let packs of dogs run rampant through the forest for miles while harassing any wildlife, humans or pets that they come in contact with?
The practice of bear hounding is antiquated and inhumane, and should not be allowed to take place on our shared wild spaces. It disrupts the many Wisconsin residents who wish to use our public lands peacefully as an escape from the chaos of daily life. These bear hounders have been allowed to run all over the residents and wildlife of our state long enough. Please ban bear baiting and hounding in our National Forests so that land can be enjoyed peacefully by the rest of us.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my perspective.
Britt Ricci (Birchwood, WI)