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More than 3,400 subscribe to Wisconsin wolf area alert service

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- More than 3,400 dog trainers, pet owners and others interested in keeping track of recent wolf activity have signed up for an e-mail or wireless service that sends out an alert when wolves attack hunting dogs or pets in Wisconsin.

Records show 3,462 subscribers now receive e-mail alerts of new caution areas and recent wolf depredations through an e-mail notification service provided by the Department of Natural Resources.

Sign up is simple and only takes a few minutes online at  http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/mammals/wolf/dogdepred.htm. It is possible to unsubscribe at anytime.

The alert will be sent to a subscriber's e-mail and/or wireless addresses of choice and will include a link to details of 2010 depredations and a caution map based on the location of any attacks.

When wolves attack dogs in hunting or training situations, the DNR creates wolf caution areas to warn hunters that a specific pack has attacked a dog or group of dogs, according to Adrian Wydeven, DNR biologist and wolf expert. "We encourage bear hunters to exercise greater caution if they plan to train hounds or hunt bear with hounds near any caution area, especially if they are near an actual kill site and for pet owners near a kill site to keep close tabs on their pets."

Details of wolf attacks on dogs and caution area maps are available on the DNR website along with additional wolf information and suggestions for avoiding unwanted contact with wolves at   http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/mammals/wolf/dogdepred.htm.

Since Jan. 1, 2010 wolves have killed 12 and injured seven dogs. Eight of the fatal attacks have been on trailing hounds since opening of the bear trailing hound training season on July 1. For more information, contact Adrian Wydeven at (715) 762-1363.

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