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For wolf information contact:
David MacFarland
Carnivore specialist
715-365-8917
Anyone suspecting a wolf depredation in northern Wisconsin should call USDA Wildlife Services immediately
at 800-228-1368 (in state) or
715-369-5221. In southern Wisconsin call 800-433-0663
(in state) or 920-324-4514.

Previous dog depredations by wolves in Wisconsin

Dog depredations

Table 1. Dog depredations by wolves for 2013 (listed by date)
Depredation date County Wolf pack Dogs More information
6/3/2013 Ashland Beaver Dam Lake 1 dog killed (rat terrier) Information
7/13/2013 Forest Stevens Lake 1 dog killed (Plott, male, 2 years) Map/Information
7/14/2013 Florence Dunbar 1 dog killed (Plott, female, 2 years) Map/Information
7/21/2013 Iron Unknown 2 dogs killed (Walker, female/male, 10 years) Map/Information
7/25/2013 Oneida Crescent Flats 1 pet dog injured (German shorthaired pointer) Information
8/3/2013 Rusk North Blue Hills 1 dog killed (Black and tan, female, 9 years) Map/Information
8/5/2013 Bayfield Flag River 1 dog killed (Walker, male, 3 years) Map/Information
8/10/2013 Lincoln Ranger Island? 2 dogs killed (Plott, female 7 yrs, male 3 yrs) Map/Information
8/10/2013 Sawyer Venison Creek 1 dog killed (Plott, male 4 yrs) Map/Information
8/11/2013 Florence Lost Lake 1 dog killed (Plott, female 7 yrs) Map/Information
8/14/2013 Douglas Pikes Peak South 1 dog killed (Plott, male 3 yrs) Map/Information
8/17/2013 Bayfield Flag River 2 dogs killed (Black/Tan, male 1 yr; Redbone, female 3 yrs) Map/Information
8/17/2013 Douglas Carps Creek 1 dog killed (Red tick, male 3 yrs) Map/Information
8/18/2013 Ashland Black Lake 1 dog killed (Walker, male 5 yrs) Map/Information
8/19/2013 Lincoln Ranger Island 1 dog killed (Redbone, male 2 yrs), 2 dogs injured Map/Information
9/3/2013 Douglas Pikes Peak North 1 dog killed (St. Bernard, 8 yrs) Information
9/6/2013 Iron Chippewa River 1 dog killed (Redtick, female, 5 yrs) Map/Information
9/8/2013 Lincoln Ranger Island 1 dog killed (Plott, female, 8 yrs) Map/Information
9/8/2013 Sawyer Little Moose River 1 dog killed (Plott, male, 2.5 yrs) Map/Information
9/9/2013 Bayfield Flag River 1 dog killed (Walker, female, 5 yrs) Map/Information
9/13/2013 Sawyer Venison Creek 1 dog killed (Plott, 8 yrs) Map/Information
9/14/2013 Price Elk River 1 dog killed (Redtick, 5 yrs) Map/Information
9/14/2013 Sawyer Black Lake 1 dog killed (Walker, 3.5 yrs) Map/Information
10/23/2013 Ashland Potato River 1 dog killed (German shorthair, female, 14 yrs) Information

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Caution area maps and depredation information (in chronological order)

Caution areas are created to warn hunters and dog owners about wolf attacks that occur in hunting situations. Caution areas do not represent actual wolf territories but rather are generally considerably larger than the actual pack territory.

Beaver Dam Lake Pack, Ashland County
On June 4, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a pet rat terrier in Ashland County that was not used for hunting. The depredation occurred on private land. No caution area was created.

Stevens Lake Pack, Forest County
On July 13, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a two year old male Plott hound involved in bear training activities. The attack occurred on national forest lands in the Town of Alvin, Forest County. The caution area includes Highway 55 on the west, Long Lake Road and FR 2168 to the south, Highways 70/39 to the east and the Brule River to the north.

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Dunbar Pack, Florence County
On July 13, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a two year old female Plott hound that was participating in the bear/hound training season. The depredation occurred on county lands in the Town of Fern. The caution area includes US Highway 8 to the south, Highway 101 to the west, County D to the north and County U and County N to the east.

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Unconfirmed Pack, Iron County
On July 21, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated two hounds that were participating in the bear/hound training season. The depredation occurred on county lands in the Town of Knight. Both dogs were engaged in the same pursuit but are owned by different owners. The dogs were less than 150 feet apart from each other and were killed in a wolf rendezvous site. The caution area is a four-mile buffer around the depredation site because the depredation is in an area that falls between three or four territories, and it is uncertain which pack caused the depredation.

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Crescent Flats, Oneida County
On July 29, Wildlife Services investigated a probable injury to a pet dog in Crescent Township, Oneida County. The dog's owner was walking her dogs on private property in early evening. One dog ran off into the woods and was then attacked by at least two wolves. When the pet dog emerged from the woods, its owner was able to shout and wave her hands and successfully scare off the wolves. Wildlife Services has classified this as a probable wolf attack. No caution area was created.

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Northern Blue Hills Pack, Rusk County
On August 4, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a bear training hound in the Town of Wilson, Rusk County. The dog was a nine year old black and tan female. The caution area is a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Flag River Pack, Bayfield County
On August 7, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a bear training hound in the Town of Port Wing, Bayfield County. The dog, a three-year old male Walker hound, was killed on August 5. The caution area, which also encompasses previous depredations from 2009-2012, is a four-mile buffer around the current depredation site.

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Ranger Island Pack, Lincoln County
On August 10, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a bear training hound in the Town of Tomahawk, Lincoln County. Two bear hounds were killed, a seven-year old female and three-year old male. Both dogs were Plott hounds. The caution area is a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Lost Lake Pack, Florence County
On August 12, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a bear training hound in the Town of Florence, Florence County. Killed was a seven-year old female Plott hound, the ninth bear training hound killed this season. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site. Hunters should use the caution area map below to help reduce conflicts during this year's bear dog training and hunting season.

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Venison Creek Pack, Sawyer County
On August 12, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a bear training hound in Sawyer County. On August 10, wolves killed a four-year old male Plott hound, which is the 10th bear training hound killed this season. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site. Hunters should use the caution area map below to help reduce conflicts during this year's bear dog training and hunting season.

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Pikes Peak South Pack, Douglas County
On August 14, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a bear hound in Douglas County. Killed was a three-year old male Plott hound engaged in bear training activities. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site. Hunters should use the caution area map below to help reduce conflicts during this year's bear dog training and hunting season.

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Flag River Pack, Bayfield County
On August 18, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated two hounds engaged in bear training activities in Bayfield County. Killed were a one-year old male Black and tan hound and a three-year old female Redbone. The attack, which occurred on August 17, is less than 1/4 mile from a depredation that occurred on August 5. Hunters should be aware of the potential conflict and use the caution area map below during this year's training and hunting season. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Carps Creek Pack, Douglas County
On August 18, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a hound engaged in bear training activities in Douglas County. The attack occurred in the Town of Wascott and a three-year old male redtick hound was killed. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Black Lake Pack, Ashland County
On August 18, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a hound engaged in bear training activities on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Ashland County. The attack occurred in the Town of Chippewa and a five-year old male Walker hound was killed. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Ranger Island Pack, Lincoln County
On August 19, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Ranger Island Pack depredated a hound and injured two others. The dogs are owned by different owners but were involved in the same pursuit. The attack occurred in the Town of Tomahawk and represents the 16th bear hound killed this training season. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Pikes Peak North Pack, Douglas County
On September 3, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves injured a pet St. Bernard in Douglas County that was not used for hunting. As the attack occurred on private land, no caution area was created. Update (10/24): the dog later died of its injuries.

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Chippewa River Pack, Iron County
On September 6, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Chippewa River Pack depredated a bear hunting hound in the Town of Knight. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Ranger Island Pack, Lincoln County
On September 8, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Ranger Island Pack depredated a Plott bear hunting hound in the Town of Harding. This is in the same general area where other dogs have been depredated this summer. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Little Moose River Pack, Sawyer County
On September 8, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Little Moose River Pack depredated a Plott bear hunting hound in the Town of Round Lake. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Flag River Pack, Bayfield County
On September 9, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Flag River Pack depredated a bear hunting hound in the Town of Port Wing. This represents the 20th bear hound killed this season. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Venison Creek Pack, Sawyer County
On September 13, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Venison Creek Pack depredated a bear hunting hound in the Town of Hunter. The depredation occurred less than one mile from an incident on August 10. The eight-year old Plott hound is the 21st bear hound killed this season. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Elk River Pack, Price County
On September 14, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Elk River Pack depredated a bear hunting hound. The five-year old Redtick was killed in the Town of Emery. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Black Lake Pack, Sawyer County
On September 14, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves from the Black Lake Pack depredated a bear hunting hound in the Town of Draper. This depredation is less than two miles from one that occurred on August 18. The 3 1/2 year old Walker hound represents the 23rd bear hound killed this season. The caution area is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Potato River Pack, Ashland County
On October 23, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 14-year old female German short-haired pointer in the Town of Morse, Ashland County. This was a non-hunting depredation that occurred about 100 feet from the owner's home at the edge of the yard. As the attack occurred on private land, no caution area was created.

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Last revised: Thursday January 23 2014